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Emergency Social Services (ESS)

is an integral part of the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Emergency Program and provides short term assistance to people affected by an emergency or a disaster.

ESS follows the standards and practices for Emergency Management BC Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers and volunteers receive free accredited training from the Justice Institute of BC and other stakeholder agencies. 

Evacuees who have been forced to leave their home due to an emergency or disaster can receive short term (72 hrs.) of ESS:  food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification.

Whether the disaster impacts a single family or a larger number of residents, ESS Gabriola volunteers work together to provide ESS and in the event of a large scale event sets up a reception center where those in need of resources can register for food,
lodging and other resources locally.