Emergency Disaster Services

Salvation Army Director Wins Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award

Posted on 18th October 2023, by britishcolumbia
Divisional Director of Emergency Disaster Services, Ian Pollard, was recently acknowledged for his outstanding work in emergency management and received an Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award. Ian was recognized in a ceremony held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for his efforts managing emergency disaster responses in 2021. The ceremony was presided over by the Honorable  […]

Army Provides $1.5 Million in Flood Relief

Posted on 22nd June 2022, by British Columbia
(Pictured above: City of Abbotsford Mayor Mr. Henry Braun and First Nations Emergency Support Society’s Dean Colthorp receiving their funding of $100,000 and $500,000 respectively from Lt. Colonel Jamie Braund) In the Winter of 2021, British Columbia declared a state of emergency as the Lower Mainland experienced the worst flooding to hit the region in  […]

Coming Together During Our Worst Disaster

Posted on 28th January 2022, by British Columbia
This year, B.C. faced one of the most devastating natural disasters in our history. Communities in the Fraser Valley were devasted by floods that submerged farmlands, killed livestock in the thousands, washed away bridges, destroyed highways, and sadly claimed the lives of family members. The flood is the most costly disaster we have ever experienced  […]

Help The Salvation Army Respond to British Columbia Flood Relief Efforts

Posted on 22nd November 2021, by British Columbia
The Government of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency as the Lower Mainland is experiencing the worst flooding it has seen in a century. Floods and landslides have cut off major transportation routes and entire communities are under water. People have lost their homes, businesses have been destroyed, and essential supplies are limited  […]

Meet the Staff: John McEwan, Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director

Posted on 24th January 2019, by British Columbia
John McEwan with award for Disaster Services
In October 2018, John McEwan received the Marie Rogan Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Pacific Northwest Emergency Preparedness Society at the annual Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference. This award recognized John’s 15 years working with Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) as the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, a title he took on after 15 years with  […]

The Salvation Army Responds as Fires Rage

Posted on 24th July 2018, by British Columbia
Forest on fire with worker in foreground
With much of the northern hemisphere coping with high temperatures and long dry spells, wildfires are affecting communities from Greece right up to the Arctic Circle, claiming dozens of lives and damaging ecosystems, homes, livelihoods and infrastructures. The Salvation Army is responding in a variety of ways, according to local needs and in partnership with  […]

5 Ways to Prepare for an Earthquake

Posted on 3rd May 2018, by British Columbia
emergency disaster hugging support salvation army
Every year, Public Safety Canada encourages us to build awareness to ensure everyone is prepared for an emergency. While governments at all levels work hard to keep Canada safe, everyone has a role to play and these are a just a few first steps! Purchase enough emergency food and water for at least 3 days  […]