Emergency Support Services - Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

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If you have been evacuated from your home due to wildfires and are looking for information about services available for evacuees, please contact the Emergency Support Services (ESS) team nearest you. You will find their contact info at the bottom of this article.  

Evacuees are also encouraged to register with the Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 to access additional financial assistance.

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 Lead – Naomi Gourlay, Emergency Support Services Director, essdirector@rdks.bc.ca

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

Kitimat – Cameron Kelso, Emergency Support Services Director, ckelso@kitimat.ca

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

Stikine Region – Dawn Tomkins, Emergency Support Services Director, dtomkins@xplornet.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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Activities and Events

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Farmers Market Communtiy Outreach 21 8/19/2017 10/28/2017


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Comfort Kit Committee 1
Emergency Pet Services Committee 1
Emotional Support Committee 1
Site Planning Committee 1

Team Meetings

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Skeena Valley Team Meeting 10 9/27/2017 6/27/2018


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EMRG-1610 & 1611 - Intro to Reception Centres & Applied Training 1 10/21/2017 10/21/2017
EMRG-1612 & 1613 - Intro to Group Lodging & Applied Training 1 9/30/2017 9/30/2017
EMRG-1660 - Public Safety Lifeline Leadership 2 9/23/2017 9/24/2017
EMRG-1674 - Managing Volunteer Programs 1 8/26/2017 8/26/2017
JIBC Training 1
Other Training Courses 1

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.