A Virtual BC First Nations Emergency Management Forum was held in October 2021 to discuss national and regional emergency management strategies with other emergency management professionals and with experts in the field. The two-day forum was focused on legislation, policy development, emergency management concerns, lessons learned, training and development, policy issues, and government to government relations. Attendees were given the opportunity to hear, first-hand, the latest on issues that impact their nations’ and agencies' programs.
WHO: All BC Chiefs and First Nations Emergency Management professionals
For more information please contact, Cecile Brass, Emergency Management MOU Coordinator, FNLC @ firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 314-8228
BC First Nations Emergency Management Forum Event held October 20, 2021
BC First Nations Emergency Management Forum Event held October 21, 2021
BCAFN Emergency and Disaster Bulletins
For stranded travelers from community ISC will ensure that evacuee costs will be reimbursed. This can be arranged through EMBC PREOCs or through email@example.com or 604-209-9709 Annette Schroeter if you would like to receive this bulletin.
Provincial State of Emergency Extended to December 14, 2021
Impacted Indigenous Communities Report #16
DATE: December 1, 2021 Hazards: FLOODING (Atmospheric River Event Nov 13-15 and Nov 27-30)
Flood warnings have been upgraded for the following rivers and areas: Coldwater, Coquihalla, Chilliwack, Lower Fraser Valley, Lower Nicola, Similkameen, Spius Creek and Tulameen. Flood watch remains in place in the South Coast, including Squamish.
Temperatures are expected to drop tomorrow before the next round of precipitation arrives on Saturday. This next system is predicted to bring a more modest amount of precipitation and will largely bypass B.C. Most rivers are expected to recover over the weekend with the breaks in the weather.
Overview: All PREOC’s reporting that the situation is deteriorating.
First Nations' Emergency Services Society
FNESS Emergency Contacts:
(Emergencies are determined to be events that cannot be handled at the community response level)
Wayne Schnitzler, Interim Executive Director, 250-318-8278
Dean Colthorp, Manager Emergency Services Department, 604-838-5711
Larry Price, Manager Forest Fuel Management Department, 250-320-8580
If leaving a message, please provide your name, phone number, email address, community name and emergency concern.
Emergency Contacts listed here gives access to key FNESS individuals who can assist communities with emergency concerns or events. Please see the FNESS department contact lists for dealing with daily operations or business concerns.
Have you been instructed to self-register for Emergency Support Services?
If you are on an evacuation ALERT or ORDER, or if you have been displaced from your home due to an emergency AND your Local Emergency Program has instructed you to Self-Register, you can do so here: https://ess.gov.bc.ca
Disaster Financial Assistance
Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available for local governments and First Nations in regions that may have been impacted by the wildfires that started June 16, 2021.
DFA is available to help community authorities cover disaster-related losses that are not covered by insurance, such as wildfire damage to public infrastructure – including roads, bridges and other publicly owned infrastructure.
Individuals who have been impacted by wildfires are encouraged to contact their insurance representative. Standard home and business insurance policies cover fire damage and additional living expenses – for things like food, shelter and clothing – if residents need to leave their homes because of a mandatory evacuation order issued by civil authorities.
More information about DFA can be found online
Canadian Red Cross: Help Desk for Indigenous Leadership
The Canadian Red Cross, with funding from Indigenous Services Canada / First Nations Inuit Health Branch, has launched a Help Desk resource for Indigenous Community Leadership. The Help Desk is launched in coordination with other Indigenous help desks, such as First Nations Health Managers Association’s InfoPoint.
To access supports, evacuated British Columbians need to register with the Red Cross by calling 1 800 863-6582, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time).
Canadian Red Cross website
Family Reunification line at 1-800-863-6582
- Indigenous communities emergency operations
- Emergency Map BC
- PreparedBC guide library
- EmergencyInfoBC (wildfires, flooding, landslides, COVID-19, etc.)
- What happens during a flood
- Make your emergency plan
- Flood warning and advisory notifications
- Evacuation Operational Guide
- Weather maps
- Disaster Financial Assistance
- Evacuee registration & assistance (ERA)
- Resources for farms/livestock producers
- Public Weather Alerts for British Columbia website
- BC weather maps here
- Evacuation Operational Guidelines document
Any pet guardian needing emergency boarding or other assistance is asked to call the BC SPCA Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. After hours please contact your closest ESS at 1.800.585.9559.
FARM: Any agriculture producer who is impacted by flooding should contact their local authority or First Nation for the geographic area they reside in- 911 or local EOC
Indigenous Services Canada Duty Officer or call 604-209-9709 for extended supports available to communities
EMBC Community Recovery contact Matthew Schraeder 250-896-3091