EMBC Policies

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is responsible to British Columbians for leading the management of provincial level emergencies and disasters and supporting other authorities within their areas of jurisdiction. In cooperation with other ministries and agencies, EMBC advises and assists in preventive/mitigation measures and coordinates the emergency preparedness, response and recovery activity of the provincial government.

These EMBC policies and procedures have been developed to support EMBC staff and its affiliated groups meet their service objectives as mandated through the Emergency Program Act (EPA) and associated regulations, make equitable and clear decisions and to set guidelines to ensure that emergency management activities in B.C. are carried out in a safe and effective manner.

Questions related to policy should be directed to your nearest EMBC regional office.


The intended audience for EMBC policy is EMBC staff, provincial ministry staff involved in emergency management, local governments and Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers. This manual may also be a useful tool for those looking to learn more about emergency management policies and guidelines in B.C.


EMBC’s suite of policies and procedures are designed to assist in the management of emergency management responsibilities throughout British Columbia. Many of these documents have not required updating for many years, while others have gone through recent amendments or are currently being updated. As such, please refer to the EMBC policy and procedures website frequently to ensure you are working with the most current version. 

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Document Type

August 2016 Terms and Definitions (PDF, 393KB)  


August 2016 1.01 Task Report
August 2016 1.02 Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Code of Conduct
August 2016

1.03 Certificate of Appreciation

August 2016 1.04 Hepatitis B Prevention/Post Exposure Follow-up
August 2016 1.05 Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Registration
August 2016 1.06 Personal/Commercial Conflict of Interest
August 2016

1.07 Volunteer Recognition Program

August 2016 1.08 Application for Training Task Number
July 2017 1.09 British Columbia Disaster Mitigation Program: Eligible Applicants


August 2016

2.01 Provincial Support for Livestock Relocation During an Emergency

August 2016 2.02 Task Authorization
August 2016 2.03 Support to Local Authorities when Declaring a State of Local Emergency
August 2016 2.04 PEP Air Service
August 2016 2.05 Red Flashing Light and Siren Permits
August 2016 2.06 Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Safety
August 2016

2.07 Road and Medical Rescue

August 2016 2.08 Avalanche Search and Rescue
August 2016

2.09 Body Recovery

May 2019 2.10 Class 'D' Helicopter Rescue
May 2019 2.11 Search and Rescue Helicopter Usage
August 2016

2.12 Search and Rescue


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August 2016 4.01 Emergency Telephone Requirements
June 2017 4.02 Provincial Flood Response Assets


August 2016 5.01 Task Registration
August 2016 5.02 Expense Reimbursement
August 2016 5.03 Evacuee Living Assistance
October 2018 5.04 Public Safety Lifeline Equipment Repair/Replacement
August 2016 5.05 PEP Air Invoice (CASARA Expense Claim)
August 2016 5.06 Volunteer Expense Reimbursement and Allowance Rate
January 2019 5.07  Workers’ Compensation Coverage
January 2019 5.08 Liability Coverage
August 2016 5.09 Disaster Financial Assistance Application
August 2016 5.10 TEAMS Finance and Administration
May 2017 5.12 Construction of Temporary Berms and Dikes