Emergency Social Services (ESS) is a community-based emergency response program. ESS are those services required to preserve the well-being of people affected by an emergency or disaster.
The goal of ESS is to helppeople begin to re-establishthemselvesas quicklyas possibleaftera disaster.ESSplaysan important rolein emergencymanagementin RMWBby:
~Helpingpeople meet their immediate basic needsduringadisaster
~Providingpeople affected byadisaster withaccurate andup-to-date information
What qualities are wanted in an ESS volunteer?
~Have concern for people affected by disaster and want to help
~Good communication skills
~Able to respond on short notice
~Flexible and work well as part of a team
What are some rewards for ESS Team Members?
Making a Difference-You are part of a team that provides shelter, food, and emotional support when disaster forces people from their homes.
Training-A combination of on-line and in-person training is provided to ESS team members, based on their assigned function within the ESS team.
Recognition-Recognition of ESS team member efforts can take many forms, including volunteer appreciation events, certificates, awards, letters from local and/or provincial government, as well as expressions of appreciation from peers, community members and those helped.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in joining the local ESS team, please contact the ESS Coordinator to obtain an Emergency Social Services Team Member Application package. Once your completed application is submitted, you will begin going through the application process to determine if you are a good fit for the ESS team.
The ESS Coordinator can be reached in the following ways: