Emergency Support Services - Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

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This is the central information hub for Emergency Support Services (ESS) in the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS).

ESS volunteers provide short-term (up to 72 hours) assistance to evacuees affected by an emergency or natural disaster such as fire, flood, landslide or earthquake. This includes access to basic needs such as food, clothing, lodging and other specialized services. The goal of ESS is to help people re-establish themselves as quickly as possible after a disaster.

ESS RDKS is currently comprised of FOUR community teams:

  • Hazeltons ESS – District of New Hazelton, Village of Hazelton and surrounding areas
  • Kitimat ESS – District of Kitimat and surrounding areas
  • Skeena Valley ESS – City of Terrace, Thornhill and surrounding areas
  • Stikine Region ESS – Dease Lake and surrounding areas

The ESS RDKS Program provides support, training and resources.  We welcome all communities, First Nations and individuals to get involved.

This Volunteer Portal Empowers Registered ESS Responders to:

  • Update your volunteer profile
  • View scheduled volunteer activities
  • Track your ESS Training
  • Log your volunteered hours
  • Sign up for volunteer jobs
  • Send and receive targeted communications


For more information please contact:

ESS RDKS Program Manager – Naomi Gourlay, Emergency Support Services Director, essdirector@rdks.bc.ca

Hazeltons – Jude Hobenshield, Emergency Support Services Director, jhobenshield@newhazelton.ca

Kitimat – Rhonda Masch, Team Leader, armmasch@gmail.com 

Skeena Valley – Michelle Taylor, Emergency Support Services Director, mtaylor@rdks.bc.ca

Stikine Region – Silvana Quigley, Emergency Support Services Director, s_ivandic@hotmail.com

Portal Support – Megan Glover, Volunteer Administration, reception@rdks.bc.ca
phone: 250-615-6100 (toll free 1-800-663-3208)

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Team Meetings

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Skeena Valley Team Meeting 6 1/31/2018 6/27/2018


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EMRG-1600 - Intro to Emergency Social Services 1
EMRG-1607 - Level One ESS 1
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Mission Statement

ESS provides short-term assistance to people who have been forced to evacuate their homes due to an emergency or natural disaster.

ESS volunteers plan and provide services including:

  • Identifying locations for reception centres and group lodging;
  • Finding other volunteers; 
  • Working with local businesses, service organisations, and government agencies;
  • Housing and feeding people forced from their homes;
  • Providing services to people who are unable to leave their homes; and
  • Supporting other emergency responders.