Emergency Management Staff and Volunteers Earn Provincial Recognition

This week, City of Victoria Emergency Management staff and the Victoria Ready Emergency Social Services Volunteer Team were recognized by Emergency Management BC for their assistance during last summer’s wildfires and flooding.

The City's Deputy Emergency Program Specialist Jowett Wong worked in the Emergency Operations Centre with Emergency Social Services (ESS) at the Okanagan Indian Band, assisting with the flooding emergency response.

During the summer, the Victoria Ready ESS volunteer team assisted evacuees displaced from wildfires in British Columbia.

A provincial state of emergency was declared on July 7, 2017. It was extended four times over a nine-week period. Approximately 65,000 people were evacuated from their homes.