Emergency Support Services


Our mission, as trained volunteers, is to provide planning, support, education and leadership for any emergency where food, lodging and other necessities, due to disasters impacting the District of Sooke, are required.

Sooke Emergency Support Services are community volunteers available to assist displaced residents in their time of need. Whether it is one home affected by a fire or flood or an entire neighborhood threatened by a forest fire, ESS volunteers are trained and able to provide aid, comfort and basic needs to residents of the community through those first critical hours of a disaster.

Services are provided through Level One ESS support (when only one or a few families are impacted) or through activation of an Emergency Reception Centre (for larger scale emergencies involving more than a few families). Reception Centre locations will be announced and are dependent on the location and scale of the emergency. Venues may include the Sooke Community Hall and/or Journey Middle School and/or Edward Milne Community School (EMCS).  As part of Sooke’s Emergency Program, this volunteer group is a division of Sooke Fire Rescue Service.

Learn more about what Emergency Support Services can do to help


Residents are welcome, and encouraged, to attend monthly ESS meetings, held in the Council Chamber on the 4th Tuesday of each month @ 7:00 p.m.  No meetings in July, August and December.

Sub-committees include: Training, Community Engagement, Resource Acquisition, Social Media, Pet Care and the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP). Ongoing training (delivered face-to-face and online) is provided at no cost to all members.


Emergency Preparedness Presentations are provided by the Community Engagement team and are available at no cost to community groups, families, businesses, Stratas, etc. to help build a resilient community.

Understand the Risks | Make a Plan |  Get Your Kit Together!

Learn more about Provincial Emergency Preparedness

Learn more about Regional Emergency Preparedness

Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) Presentations are available to a minimum group of six neighbours (from the same street, cul-de-sac or apartment, etc.) who are interested in joining forces to form a POD (group) to plan, prepare for, and share resources during emergencies. Prepared neighbourhoods are resilient neighbourhoods. When you’re in it together, you’re stronger.

Learn more and download the NEPP Guide

For information on becoming a Volunteer ESS member, or for information on how to be better prepared for an emergency situation, contact the Fire Department at 250 642-5422.