Gabriola Emergency Reception Center

I have been hearing a number of rumors and misconceptions on what an Emergency Reception Center is and how they are established.

If there is a local emergency, the ESS coordinator for Gabriola can open the Emergency Reception Center. The RDN currently has one Gabriola Emergency Reception Center at the Rollo Centre.

The Centre will provide information on the emergency, assist in evaluating your needs, including housing needs (send you to a hotel), and register people so that they can be located by relatives or friends. We may even be able to make you a cup of tea or coffee.

What we do NOT do in an Emergency Reception Center is house people over night or feed them. We have no stock pile of blankets, cots, pillows, food, cooking equipment, dishes, medical supplies or the people to look after these items.

How and why an Emergency Reception Center is established is the responsibility of the RDN Emergency Service Department. RDN Staff conducts a readiness and suitability assessment to determine the need and location of a center.

Currently, the Gabriola Community Hall and the Gabriola United Church are being assessed for use as an Emergency Reception Center. RDN Staff will present a report to the RDN Emergency Management Committee in June, 2017. Once the report is presented and the Committee has had time to digest the report then there will be a recommendation to the RDN Board. The RDN Board has the final approval on where the Reception Center will be located and when the emergency generator will be installed.

Update: There is now a mobile Emergency Reception Center for the south end.

If there is a region wide disaster, then any help would come from the provincial government. Originally the Province recommended that we needed to be prepared to look after yourself and resident dependents for 78 hours but that is now extended to one week. Download a copy of the Prepared BC: Household Preparedness Guide (PDF) . Create a Household Emergency Plan and Build an Emergency Grab-and-go Kit.

Howard Houle
RDN Director Area B

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