Emergency Support Services (ESS) Provides Assistance to Wildfire Evacuees in 2018
Emergency Support Services

Since the wildfires erupted in the beginning of August, Emergency Support Services (ESS) has stepped up in a huge way providing expertise, guidance and support to those in need.

Reception Centres were activated throughout the region including Dease Lake, Iskut, New Hazelton and Kitimat with Terrace acting as the central collection point and host community for evacuees across the Northern corridor.

For communities such as Telegraph Creek the consequences were devastating as homes and cultural buildings were lost due to interface fire. Through all of this, ESS provided access to food, accommodation and specialized services such as emotional support.

To date, ESS has registered over 500 evacuees in the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, provided over $1.2 million worth of services and logged over 1600 hours of volunteer time. It's been a tremendous effort with the cohesiveness of this response a testament to the many hours spent planning, preparing and training.

ESS has committed to supporting evacuees through to the re-entry of Telegraph Creek in December 2018.