Indigenous communities and local government emergency management resources

Emergency management for local communities:

  • Make and maintain emergency plans
  • Assessment and analysis tools
  • Recovery and post-disaster resources
  • Emergency Support Services 
  • Funding for community response and recovery
  • Training staff and volunteers
  • Volunteer programs we work with

We provide tools and resources to support local emergency management, acknowledging that there may be unique cultural and legislative considerations.


Emergency program planning

Emergency planning at the community level is managed by the Indigenous governing body or local governments. 

Response and recovery operations

Guidance and templates for emergency operations. 

  • Declaring a state of local emergency
  • Evacuation guidance
  • Financial claims for responding to an emergency
  • Re-entry and recovery resources

Indigenous communities  |   Local governments

Emergency Support Services

The Emergency Support Services (ESS) program develops guidance and training for your local ESS team to provide short-term, basic support to people impacted by disasters.

This section helps you build your team, onboard the Evacuee Registration and Assistance (ERA) tool, and understand how ESS is delivered.

Training and education

Emergency management training opportunities for emergency responders is provided by the province in partnership with the Justice Institute of BC.

Education programs and toolkits for youth education, social media messaging packages and public preparedness guides.

Financial support programs

Financial support programs for community-level mitigation, response and recovery.

Public safety volunteers (PSLV)

Volunteers are managed at a local level. We provide liability and safety support, and some funding, to these volunteer programs.

Indigenous Partnership Table events are a province-wide forum that partners with Indigenous communities to create services that acknowledge Indigenous ways of knowing.