Local government emergency operations
This page is for local emergency program staff responsible for public safety during response and recovery. 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
- Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
- Public and Media Communications
- Financial guidance for response costs
- Re-entry and recovery
Emergency program staff and officials must be prepared to declare a state of local emergency (SOLE) in response to an emergency. These guides and templates are available to guide the process.
- Declaring a State of Local Emergency in B.C. (PDF, 501.9KB)
This document provides recommendations about how to declare a state of local emergency.
- SOLE Declaration template (DOCX)
- SOLE Emergency Authorization Matrix form (DOCX)
- SOLE Extension form (DOCX)
- SOLE Cancellation Order form (DOCX)
The general public can find evacuation guidance details on this page: Evacuation guidance for the general public
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 are for an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in the event of a major emergency.
- Emergency Operations Centre Operational Guidelines (PDF, 2.2MB)
- COVID-19 flood response guidelines
- Emergency support service forms, guides and manuals
My EM Resources is a free online resource centre hosted by the Justice Institute of BC. The site has a series of EOC 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 costs.
- Financial Assistance Guide for Emergency Response and Recovery Costs (PDF, 971 KB)
- 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.
- Disaster Financial Assistance guidance and templates
- Disaster Recovery Guide (PDF 655 KB)
For small and medium sized communities in the development of recovery plans specific to their needs
- 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.