Indigenous communities emergency operations

This page is for local emergency program staff responsible for public safety during response and recovery in an event. Most of the templates and forms are in Word (DOCX) format so that you can add, delete or edit tasks as you customize the process to meet your community needs.

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Declaring a state of local emergency

Emergency program coordinators and officials may need to declare a state of local emergency (SOLE) in response to an emergency. This document outlines the sequence for use of a Band Council Resolution to indicate community intentions during an emergency event, and the corresponding templates. Read more about Indigenous communities and emergency management legislation.

Emergency alert and evacuation resources

Evacuee guidance for the general public provides information and resources to help your community know what to expect during an evacuation.

These guidelines outline considerations when conducting evacuations. 



Emergency operations response

These guidelines and templates may be used in the event of a major emergency.



 My EM Resources is a free online resource centre hosted by the Justice Institute of BC. The site has a series of operations forms for download. 

Community Response Locations

A new centralized database called Community Response Locations - Extreme Temperature, created for Indigenous communities and local governments will help share cooling centres locations with the public during times of extreme weather. 

  • Each community is responsible for inputting their own data into the portal
  • Login information is provided by your local regional office

Real-time information will be amplified on Emergency Info BC@EmergnecyInfoBC and EmergencyMapBC and other social media channels. Historical data will also be saved and made available for communities on Climate Ready BC to support future planning for climate-related emergencies. 

Public and media communications

A comprehensive guide to help build trust and connect with the public during an emergency.



Financial guidance for response and recovery costs

These guides and templates will help with financial assistance claims for response and recovery costs. Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has different guidance and templates.




Please contact a Regional Office if you have any questions about these resources.