News Updates and Public Safety Messages
Emergency Program Act Modernization
Emergency Management B.C. (EMBC) is modernizing the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support more effective management of emergencies in B.C. by incorporating international best practices. A discussion paper has been released explaining the need for new legislation and outlining the proposed policy direction for modernized emergency management legislation.
Further to the discussion paper, EMBC is seeking comment and feedback from its many emergency management partners and the public until January 31, 2020.
The discussion paper and complete details are available at https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/emergency-program-act-modernization.
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Comox Valley Emergency Plan
To further assist members of the public with becoming better prepared, the regional emergency management program is making available the Comox Valley Regional Emergency Program Public Plan. The purpose of this plan is to outline the structure and organization required to effectively coordinate response and recovery to emergencies within the Comox Valley.
This plan does not provide operational guidelines for emergencies which are coordinated at the site by first responder agencies or internal to the emergency operations centre. It does provide important information pertaining to the Emergency Program Act requirements for local governments, regional hazards, risks and vulnerabilities, and how preparedness is a ‘shared responsibility’ for us all.
If you have any questions, feel free to submit an online form inquiry to us.
The Comox Valley Emergency Program (CVEP) functions as a partnership between Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) to provide coordinated emergency programming to the Comox Valley.
These vital programs are responsible for emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery for the Comox Valley and its respective communities.
In addition to government planning for emergencies, it's also essential that we plan – as individuals – for our own safety and disaster recovery. Comox Valley Regional Emergency Management offers personal, family, business and Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness (NEPP) workshops. NEPP focuses on educating a neighbourhood/community to care for themselves under the concept of 'In it Together' and can be arranged throughout the year. Contact our office @ 250-334-8890.