Emergency Management

FNESS provides assistance to BC First Nations’ communities to develop emergency plans.

Emergency Preparedness planning helps to identify possible hazards, assigns responsibilities for various aspects of an emergency response and outlines procedures for the community to follow before and during an emergency event.

Why You Need a Plan

There are several reasons why your community should have a plan: in the event of an emergency, everyone knows their role; your community will be better able to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster; your community will have identified evacuation routes and resources to assist you with emergency needs (food, shelter, medical, heavy equipment, etc.); it gives your community the opportunity to identify, highlight, and prioritize emergency equipment and other capital/infrastructure needs; having an emergency plan is one of several indicators of progress toward a healthy, resourceful community. 

This program includes assisting First Nations with classroom/tabletop and other exercises, as required, to test the effectiveness of their plans and response, and make recommendations where necessary to modify the plans in order to improve the outcome.

As part of the emergency planning process, FNESS will also make recommendations on community development / planning, content and implementation of training programs, equipment needs and maintenance, and generally assist people in the community to make decisions regarding emergency planning by providing information and advice. 

It is important that plans be updated on a yearly basis to ensure contact names and numbers are up-to-date. Plans should also be exercised regularly so that everyone can practice their emergency roles.

To access Emergency Preparedness Training for your community, please send a written request to FNESS from your community’s Chief and Council or Band Administrator.

Emergency Plans generally include the following:

  • an evaluation/identification of community risks
  • a system for notifying officials/agencies who must respond
  • a description of responsibilities for key positions and who will fill these positions (including 24-hour contact information)
  • a description of the communications system to be used
  • a list of resources for finding information
  • contacts and equipment in a hurry.

Emergency Information Links

Community Emergency Preparedness Plan Template
First Nations Emergency Atlas

The First Nations Emergency Atlas is produced for the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), February 2005. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, currency, and reliability of content, this Atlas is provided as is, without warranty of any kind whether express or implied. PWGSC recognizes that the information contained in the Atlas can change over time, or that it may be incomplete. Users of the First Nations Emergency Atlas are encouraged to comment or provide updated information to:

Manager of Business Administration
Client Service Team for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Public Works and Government Services Canada (Pacific Region)
Tel: 604.666.5146

Contact Information

Dave Mccauley
Emergency Response Officer