Under Provincial Legislation and Regional District Bylaws, the CSRD has implemented an Emergency Management Program for its six Electoral Areas and four Member Municipalities.
The CSRD is responsible for the direction and control of coordinated response to and recovery from a major emergency event or disaster. This is accomplished by maintaining effective emergency management organizations, with trained and practiced personnel and community volunteers, as well as maintaining up to date emergency plans.
The Emergency Program Act states that “a local authority must prepare or cause to be prepared local emergency plans respecting preparation for, response to and recover from emergencies and disasters. A local authority must establish and maintain an emergency management organization to develop and implement emergency plans and other preparedness response and recover measures”.
The Emergency Programs do not coordinate or facilitate daily emergency response activities of the RCMP, Fire Department or BC Ambulance Service. The programs are designed to assist these agencies with the necessary resources required for an incident once they have exhausted their own. This may be in the form of special equipment, manpower of extraordinary resources
Golden, Revelstoke and Electoral Areas A and B
The CSRD has coordinated with the City of Revelstoke to administer an emergency program for Electoral Area B under the Revelstoke and Area Emergency Management Program Agreement.
The Town of Golden administers the emergency program for Electoral Area A under the Golden and Area Emergency Management Program Agreement.
Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Electoral Areas C, D, E and F
The City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous and Electoral Areas C, D, E and F have collaborated to create a joint emergency program. The CSRD administers this program which operates under the title Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP).