Contact Information

Bob Mills
FNESS Emergency Management Manager 

New Funding Opportunities

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund

Emergency Management

The First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) works closely with First Nation communities, Emergency Management BC (EMBC),  Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and various other stakeholders to support the successful implementation of emergency management for First Nation communities in BC.

The FNESS Emergency Management (EM) department provides community-based emergency management guidance, support and assistance to BC First Nation communities. 

Why You Need a Plan

There are several reasons why your community should have a plan:

  • In the event of an emergency, everyone knows their role;
  • Your community will be better able to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster;
  • Your community will have identified evacuation routes and resources to assist you with emergency needs (food, shelter, medical, heavy equipment, etc.);
  • It gives your community the opportunity to identify, highlight and prioritize emergency equipment and other capital/infrastructure needs; and
  • Having an emergency plan is one of several indicators of progress toward a healthy, resourceful community.

This program includes assisting First Nations with classroom/tabletop and other exercises as required, to test the effectiveness of their plans and response, and make recommendations where necessary to modify the plans in order to improve the outcome.

As part of the emergency planning process, FNESS will also make recommendations on community development/planning, content and implementation of training programs, equipment needs and maintenance, and generally assist people in the community to make decisions regarding emergency planning by providing information and advice. It is important that plans be updated on a yearly basis to ensure contact names and numbers are up-to-date. Plans should also be exercised regularly so that everyone can practice their emergency roles.


Emergency Plans generally include the following:
  • an evaluation/identification of community risks
  • a system for notifying officials/agencies who must respond
  • a description of responsibilities for key positions and who will fill these positions (including 24-hour contact information)
  • a description of the communications system to be used
  • a list of resources for finding information
  • contacts and equipment in a hurry


BC Emergency Management System

British Columbia Emergency Management System (BCEMS) is recognized as a standard system for emergency response, and currently mandated for use within the Government of BC and recommended to local authorities.

BCEMS: Guide

Based on the Incident Command System, this manual establishes the standards and guiding principles for all four levels of the emergency response management system used in B.C.

BCEMS: Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Operational Guidelines

These guidelines are intended for use by members of an EOC in the event of a major emergency.

Emergency Program Legislation and Regulations

The Emergency Program Act (EPA) and the associated regulations provide the legislative framework for the management of disasters and emergencies in BC.

Changes to Legislation

The BC Government is modernizing the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support more effective management of emergencies in the province. We are doing this by incorporating international best practices, including the United Nations (UN) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai Framework); the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (PDF) (the Declaration); and the draft principles that guide the province’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

Follow the proposed changes to legislation on the Changes to the Emergency Program Act page.

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan

The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is Emergency Management BC's emergency planning structure. The base plan is the BC All Hazard Plan. The BC All Hazard Plan outlines the provincial concept of operations as well as the roles and responsibilities that are applicable in all emergencies or disasters. Support Annexes are also all-hazard documents that detail functional aspects of emergency management, such as Public Information or Public Health and Medical Services. The Hazard Specific Annexes address provincial response and coordination regarding more common or high-risk hazards.

BC All Hazard Plan

Support Annexes

Hazard-Specific Annexes