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General News · 23rd October 2011
Chris Dragseth
This weekend was very busy for the Cortes Island Emergency Services. Two events for the Emergency Social Services (ESS) Team took place with a great turnout. On Friday, October 21, there was a social event for our ESS Team. The Coastal Community Credit Union sponsored a potluck BBQ at their Branch in Mansons Landing. Many thanks to Dale Henderson and his Team for graciously supporting this event. The evening provided Team members and their guests an opportunity to socialize and discuss ESS in an informal setting. We also had the opportunity to host several members of Judy Hagen's ESS Team from Quadra Island. Thanks Judy for your Team's participation and your ongoing support to the Cortes ESS Team.

The following day the Cortes Island ESS Team was hosted by the Klahoose First Nation at their brand new Klahoose Administration Building. Also participating were new members to the ESS Program along with several Quadra Island ESS Team members. The focus of the day was Reception Centre training.

"Reception Centre's are established in the event of large emergency events. A Reception Centre is the location designated by a local authority ESS Team as a safe gathering place for people displaced from their homes as a result of an emergency or disaster. At a Reception Centre, individuals may register and receive Emergency Social Services (food, clothing, and/or lodging), as well as information about the emergency situation."

In the case of Cortes Island, three locations have been designated as potential Reception Centres: Klahoose Administration Builiding, Cortes School, and the Gorge Hall. Creation of a Reception Centre is dependent on the specifics of each emergency.

Many thanks to the Klahoose First Nation and Bev Hills for supporting this event.

Our course trainer was Howie Siemens, Emergency Program Coordinator, Strathcona Regional District and City of Campbell River. Howie's real life experiences provided the course participants with valuable information that we could transfer to our own Cortes environment in the event of a large scale event. Thank you Howie for a great course.

The Cortes Island ESS Program is looking forward to building on this past weekend to strengthen our support to all communities on Cortes Island.

All in all, this was an outstanding weekend for everyone. Should you wish to find out more about the ESS program, please feel free to contact me.

Chris Dragseth

ESS Director
Cortes Island Emergency Services