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SRD holding emergency support virtual learning sessions

Emergency Support Services help people affected by disasters and emergencies
The SRD is holding virtual Emergency Support Services info sessions. Photo courtesy SRD.

The Strathcona Regional District is holding virtual sessions to let people know how Emergency Support Services works.

Emergency Support Services (ESS) are overseen by the SRD. Emergencies and disasters can occur unexpectedly, causing significant disruptions and putting people’s lives and well-being at risk. ESS helps people ensure their basic needs are met if they are affected by an emergency.

In all, there are eight different services overseen by the regional district. These programs are tailored to the needs of the different communities within the district, and are a part of a regional strategy for disaster planning. They are operated by volunteers.

According to an SRD release on the virtual sessions, communities can require ESS support for a few reasons.

“Emergencies often result in the displacement of individuals and families from their homes. ESS respondents fully assess those displaced by the emergency to evaluate their needs immediately following the event; complete documentation and ensure the appropriate supports are provided, such as shelter, clothing, food, comfort,” the release says.

“Emergencies can cause emotional distress and trauma,” it says. “ESS respondents support the recovery of impacted individuals by providing referrals to partner agencies and other community-based assistance.”

One major ESS service is the pet care team, which offers assistance by setting up temporary intake shelters and reuniting pets with their guardians.

The sessions will be held over Zoom on Feb. 27 and 28. Both sessions will be the same, and no pre-registration is necessary. Zoom links for both sessions are available at Those unable to attend, but are still interested in volunteering or who want to learn more can contact Shaun Koopman, the SRD’s emergency services manager at or 250-830-6702.

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