Volunteer Agencies


Comox Valley Emergency Support Services (CVESS)

The Heart of Disaster Response

Emergency Support Services is a program of the Provincial Government that provides short term relief to British Columbians who have been forced from their homes as a result of a natural disaster or other emergency situation.

CVESS is made up of local volunteers from the Comox Valley who, when disaster strikes, have the training to set-up and run an Emergency Reception Centre. Services provided in a Reception Centre include registration of individuals and families as well as family reunification and referrals for clothing, food, lodging, and other critical needs if required for 72 hours.

Training for volunteers is provided in a variety of areas such as:

Local ESS representatives are an important part of the Comox Valley Emergency Program and play a major role in the Comox Valley's coordinated response to emergency/disaster situations.

Become a CVESS Volunteer. If you would like to be part of the CVESS team, please contact the Comox Valley Emergency Program at 250-334-8890 or email us at cvess@shawcable.com.

CVESS Members' Pages. CVESS Members may enter the CVESS Members' Pages by clicking here.

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Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue (CVGSAR)

We are a 100% volunteer driven organization, with volunteers from every aspect of the community, who receive training ranging from Rope and Swift Water Rescue to Avalanche Rescue and First Aid, to name only a few.

We are a very dynamic Group. Our Members are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and respond to a wide variety of Emergency situations. In 2005, we contributed over 12,000 hours to Search and Rescue Operations, Educational Programs and Community Events.

Our main area of responsibility ranges from Oyster River in the North to Cook Creek in the South and Buttle Lake in the West to the Georgia Strait in the East, including Denman and Hornby Islands. There has been a steady increase in number of Search and Rescue Operations over the last few years, from an average of approximately 15, 5 years ago, to over 40 in 2005, which marked that year as our busiest year on record.

If you would like to be part of the CVGSAR team, please contact CVGSAR at 250-334-3211, email us at info@cvgsar.com, or visit our website at www.cvgsar.com.

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Comox Valley Emergency Radio Communications (CVERC)

Our goal is to provide a link to other agencies such as other municipalities or the Provincial Government for message handling and disaster reporting.

Composed primarily of Amateur Radio Operators, however we would encourage anyone interested in joining our team to contact one of the team leaders.

Emergency communications now also includes all forms of two way radio. If you have a Citizens' Band (C.B.) radio, marine radio, or the new "walkie-talkie" Family Radio Service (FRS) radio, you can be in a position to help out in a wide spread emergency in your community.

If you are a Ham radio operator we would like to know where you live and what radios you have. We do need volunteers who have had experience with radio communication but also others who are willing to help in a variety of jobs related to our communications operation. We will provide assistance if you wish to learn more about voice procedures on radio, message handling or about two way radio in general. As a volunteer in this area, in your community you may wish to give as much or as little time as you have to spare, but know you are making a difference by allowing your name to be on our list of potential emergency helpers. Support your community.

If you would like to be part of the CVERC team, please contact Scott Goodman at 250-650-2894 or Mark Avery at 250-650-2662. Or, you can visit the CVERC website at www.cverc.ca.

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