Volunteer for Emergency Preparedness workshop

Expression of Interest – University Students

A group of Emergency Social Service professionals will be hosting a workshop during the EPBC conference being held at the end of October.  This workshop will focus on collaborating with ESSD’s around the Province to engage in topics of interest in order to move subjects forward.  We are looking for students to take notes during the conference, assist with set up & take down and to help facilitate table discussions.  All volunteers will receive a free entrance pass to this workshop. 

Interested students are asked to contact Tara Stroup, Emergency Program Officer, City of Port Coquitlam at stroupt@portcoquitlam.ca or 604-927-5460.

Where: Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel on Burrard Street, Vancouver BC

When: 7:30am – 1:00pm, Monday, October 29th (the workshop runs from 8:30am – 12:00pm)


About the Conference

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference is a program that brings together topics of importance to the emergency management and the business communities.

Two organizations joined together in 2013 to co-host the Annual Conference.  The Pacific Northwest Preparedness Society (host of the annual EPConference) and the Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (host of the annual EPICC Forum) have combined efforts to bring a new and exciting forum to the Pacific Northwest region. 

The objectives of the conference are:

  1. To bring together professional emergency planners, business continuity planners and others with a responsibility for emergency preparedness and business continuity
  2. To provide emergency response information, resources and networking opportunities
  3. To create awareness of the need for emergency preparedness in healthcare facilities
  4. To provide topical information and response, recovery and BCP strategies related to health care
  5. To review recent disaster events and their impacts on communities

Workshop Description

Pre-Conference Workshops - WORKSHOP II

08:30 --‐ 12:00

ESS Collaborative Discussions

Deb Borsos

Community Disaster Recovery Manager

Regional District Central Kootenay,

Nelson British Columbia


This roundtable discussion will be hosted to encourage discussion directly amongst Emergency Social (Support) Services volunteers and/or staff from across the province.  It will include topics based on a survey shared with ESS team’s province wide to identify topics for discussion related to the teams and the work they do.  It is meant to be as inclusive as possible; to share ideas and best practices; to realize the broad spectrum of where we work; rural, remote, urban, etc. and the challenges and rewards that come from these intense times of assisting others in need.


The survey will be sent out in early summer to allow ample time for feedback and identifying the topics for discussion. We will share the results of the survey and the notes taken at the workshop with all ESS teams province wide, in late 2018.


*Snacks and refreshments will be available


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What is ESS? - Emergency Social Services



British Columbians forced from their homes by fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies may receive emergency social services for up to 72 hours. Services may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, information about the crisis, and family reunification. There may also be special services like first aid, child minding, pet care and transportation.

Under the Emergency Program Act, municipalities, First Nations communities and regional districts are responsible for responding to emergencies in their areas, including providing emergency social services.

They often depend on volunteers to plan and provide these services, including:

  • Identifying locations for reception centres and group lodging;
  • Finding other volunteers;
  • Working with local businesses, service organizations and government agencies;
  • Housing and feeding people forced from their homes;
  • Providing services to people who are unable to leave their homes; and
  • Supporting other emergency responders.

Each year about 5,000 British Columbians volunteer as emergency social service workers.

Next Steps


Interested volunteers will be contacted with more details prior to the conference.

Monday, October 29, 2018