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General News · 7th January 2017
Chris Dragseth
Do you want to support your community in a compassionate and pro-active manner?

Would you like some training on emergency preparedness?

Can you commit a few hours a month?

If you answer yes, then the Cortes Island Emergency Support Services (ESS) Team would love to have you join us.

What is the Emergency Social Services Program?

The Cortes ESS Team comes under the umbrella of the Province of British Columbia’s Emergency Social Services Program. The Program is designed to support communities at times of emergency. Our Team’s activities span everything from assisting individuals impacted by a house fire, to supporting our community during larger scale emergencies requiring neighbourhood and/or community evacuation.

Is there training?

The ESS program supports training throughout the year using online resources as well as in person training on and off of Cortes Island.

What is my time commitment?

Your time commitment is really up to you. We have monthly meetings that are less than two hours. Training can occur at your pace and fit your own personal schedule. Your interests can greatly assist the Team. We are always looking at volunteers that can fill the full spectrum of activities ranging from background administration to taking on leadership roles.

Where can I get more information?

Information on the Emergency Social Services Program can be found at the following web site:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/volunteers/emergency-social-services

You can also contact the following Team members for more information:

• Chris Dragseth – ESS Director – 935-6801
• Keith Muir – Alternate ESS Director – 935-6355
• Ayami Stryck – Training Coordinator – 935-6908