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.
On this page:
- Declaring a state of local emergency (SOLE)
- Evacuation guidelines and orders
- Emergency operations response
- Public and media communications
- Financial guidance for response and recovery costs
- Community re-entry guidelines
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.
- Band Council Resolution (PDF, 158KB)
Includes template for Evacuation Alert, Order and Rescind
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.
- Evacuation Operational Guidelines (PDF)
- Managing Access to Areas Under Evacuation Order (PDF, 393KB)
- Evacuation Alert, Order, Rescind Templates - English (DOCX)
- Notification recording procedures (DOCX)
- Notification tracking log template - use with procedures (DOCX)
- Shelter-in-place order template (DOCX)
- Temporary access into evacuated areas - master list (DOCX)
- Temporary access permit template (DOCX)
- Temporary pass-through permit template (DOCX)
- Temporary access checkpoint - one-pager (DOCX)
- Extraordinary evacuee authorization form (DOCX)
- Position log (DOCX)
- Radio communications log (509) (DOCX)
- Section/function status report (DOCX)
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.
A comprehensive guide to help build trust and connect with the public during an emergency.
- Communications Guide (PDF, 2 MB)
Includes tips and advice on public engagement and social media management.
These guides and templates will help with financial assistance claims for response and recovery costs. Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has different guidance and templates.
- Financial Assistance Guide for Emergency Response and Recovery Costs (PDF, 971KB)
- Host Community Response Costs (PDF)
Clarifying Addendum to Financial Assistance Guide
- Payroll Reconciliation spreadsheet (XLSX)
- Expenditure Authorization form (DOCX)
- Expenditures - event totals (534)(DOCX)
- Resource request (DOCX)
- Response claim submission (XLSX)
After an emergency incident, these resources can help with planning your recovery and financial claims related to recovery.
- Considerations for Community Re-entry (XLS, 8KB) This guide helps Indigenous Nations and Local Authorities make decisions in lifting an evacuation order.
- Further Considerations for Community Re-entry (DOC, 4.1MB) This document accompanies the Community Re-entry spreadsheet.
- Recovery toolkit for First Nations and Local Authorities (PDF, 500KB) provides guidance on disaster recovery planning, community and infrastructure recovery, and demobilization and debris management.
- First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Environmental Public Health Services provides public health inspection, assessment and advisory services for in-community facilities.
- Interim Disaster Recovery Framework (PDF, 1MB) that uses existing operational and governance structures at the local, regional, and provincial level to provide a strategic and coordinated approach while managing recovery activities of all levels.
- Chapter 8 of the B.C. Emergency Management System (BCEMS) Guide (PDF, 2.45MB) offers several models for emergency management community recovery.
- After action review (or a post-incident debrief) focuses on what was done during the event, how successful it was, and ways to improve upon your emergency plans or program.
- Community Re-entry Considerations: Reference Guide (PDF, 291KB)
- Community recovery capacity and needs assessment form (PDF)
- Re-entry considerations screening checklist (PDF, 208KB)
Please contact a Regional EMBC Office if you have any questions about these resources.