Emergency Support Services

BC Housing supports municipalities across the province by coordinating emergency lodging support and group lodging supplies for Emergency Management BC.

Emergency Management BC is the designated provincial agency for supporting local authorities and First Nations communities that are responding to emergencies within the province. BC Housing supports this effort by stockpiling cots and blankets in existing community buildings in case of an emergency. If a community becomes overwhelmed, Emergency Management BC assists with facilitating the provision of the BC Housing resources, supplies or expertise.

Responding to a disaster

When a major disaster strikes, many British Columbians might find themselves displaced from their homes. BC Housing support to the Emergency Support Services Program (ESS - formerly Emergency Social Services) includes:

  • Support the Emergency Support Services branch at the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre / Catastrophic Earthquake Response and Recovery Centre (PECC/CERRC)
  • Manage BC Housing emergency group lodging supplies (cots and blankets) on behalf of EMBC and deploy them as needed during an emergency
  • Work with local authorities to develop medium to longer term housing solutions during the recovery phase
  • Capacity building for both the public and private sector by offering courses through the Rapid Damage Assessment Program
  • Coordination of Damage Assessment support at the Provincial level when the ability of the local community to provide and coordinate their own damage assessment has been exceeded

Learn more about our Emergency Support to Communities