The Langley Emergency Program is an inter-municipal agency responsible for the provision of emergency planning, preparedness, mitigation, and response expertise to the City and Township of Langley. The program also supports regional emergency planning across Metro Vancouver and liaisons with response agencies, health, border services, utilities, and local and regional levels of government to ensure plans are integrated and coordinated.
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Langley citizens provide support to those displaced by disasters and emergencies. Our team members learn about how first responders, organizations and the local authorities respond during major emergencies, empowering team members to contribute in preparedness activities and be ready to assist in response and recovery efforts. Emergency Management BC, the provincial body responsible for emergencies in BC, support local authorities who coordinate these provisions. Members train and exercise to hone needed skills and capabilities to provide the following services:
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Emergency Support Services Team – First Responders
Our Emergency Support Services (ESS) Team are volunteers trained to respond to small and large emergencies to provide provisions to those directly impacted by events, such as fires, floods and earthquakes. Some of our team members wear pagers and are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Local citizens are provided provisions by local businesses that are reimbursed directly from the province, and other support organizations.
Our team members have provided local assistance during fires and floods, and deployed to assist other municipalities, including Delta, Coquitlam and Maple Ridge. Over 20 team members assisted during the 2003 interior wildfires, when over 30,000 people were evacuated.
Crisis Communications Volunteer Team – First Responders
Our Crisis Communications Volunteer Team (CCVT) members are volunteers who train to provide emergency communications capabilities during an emergency. The ability to communicate plays a critical role in the overall response effort, and conventional communication systems are often challenged by capacity and capabilities. Our team has become an integral part of local and regional response plans by providing communications expertise and experienced radio operators in the event of a large disaster.
Our team has helped local elementary schools connect with the international space station, and provided communications coverage during the 2010 Olympics.
HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM
Emergency management has evolved since its legislated inception in 1996 with the provincial Emergency Program Act. The City and Township of Langley collaborated to work together regarding emergency management issues and created the Langley Emergency Program in 1996, which established a comprehensive approach to dealing with emergencies and disasters that affected the Langley communities.
This program has primary and alternate emergency operations centres (EOCs) within each jurisdiction, complete with needed equipment and supplies. Established bylaws (2009) ensure the authority to assist and respond within both communities, and all response agencies have formally incorporated BC’s Emergency Management System (BCEMS) into plans and protocols.
The program was formally branded by both communities in 2012 to ensure that during a crisis, both communities utilize a cohesive methodology to communicate and are seen as united before, during and after a major event.