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Regional Emergency Program Provides Mutual Aid to Cowichan Valley Regional District

The SRD has deployed staff to assist with flood recovery in Halalt First Nation and Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers to support people who have been displaced in the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).

Campbell River, BC – The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) has deployed staff to assist with flood recovery in Halalt First Nation and Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers to support people who have been displaced in the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).

“The first principle of the BC Emergency Management System is to ensure the health and safety of all first responders and volunteers, following that our priority is to reduce suffering. Since the recent tragic storm had minimal impact on our Regional District we have a moral obligation to help our neighbours.” said SRD Chair Brad Unger.  “Our professional volunteers are the heart and soul of our regional emergency program and words cannot express our gratitude towards everything they do to help our community before, during and after a disaster”.

“Between November 16th and November 20th our volunteers put in over a hundred of hour assisting the CVRD. All their costs were covered while they were deployed” said SRD Protective Services Coordinator Shaun Koopman.  “Our ability to provide the best service possible to people who have been displaced and are experiencing trauma is dependent on the amount of professionally trained volunteers available to respond”.

Emergency Support Services are the “Heart” of emergency response. They help evacuees find short-term accommodation, meals and clothing through vouchers as well as supporting the reunification of family members who have been separated. For those who are interested in behind the scenes initiatives there are also volunteer positions needed to help ensure resources are ready and plans are prepared.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for Emergency Support Services please contact Shaun Koopman at skoopman@srd.ca or 250-830-6702 or visit  www.srd.ca/emergency-support-services.

For more information about how to better prepare yourself and your family in an emergency, please visit www.srd.ca/emergency-preparedness.

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Media contact:
Shaun Koopman
SRD Protective Services Coordinator
250-830-6702  |  skoopman@srd.ca