Emergency Social Services

Be prepared, not scared. That was the message ESS team members were trying to get out this week at the table set up in the community centre. Wednesday night, ESS team members took this message one step further and set up a mock Reception Centre at the Community Centre in room 4. Over 50 people made their way through checking out information that was provided by ESS/ESSA.

A reception centre is a safe gathering place where evacuees and individuals affected by an emergency or disaster need to gather to get information, to register their safety and whereabouts, to make inquiries about loved ones, and to receive assistance for basic needs such as food, clothing and lodging.

The last time a reception centre was set up in Tumbler Ridge was during the flooding in 2000. At that time over 50 people made use of the services provided by the reception centre. These are services required to meet the basic survival needs of people who have experienced disaster. ESS assistance is available for the first 72 hours following a disaster. Should further assistance be required, the Provincial Emergency Program may authorize an extension of services.