Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessments (HRVA)
Identifying the hazards that threaten your community of business is the first step in effective emergency planning. How can you develop an Emergency Plan if you don’t know what you’re planning for? Our HRVAs are a collaborative process in which we work with the client to determine the hazards that threaten the client, the client’s vulnerabilities to the hazards, and the relative risk of each potential hazard. HRVAs are conducted for local governments, public agencies, and private businesses and organizations. In the Province of British Columbia, HRVAs for local authorities (municipalities and regional districts) are mandated by provincial legislation.
Emergency Plan Development & Audits
Emergency Plans are the most essential component of an emergency program. They guide your organization in times of emergency through the response to recovery stages, ensuring company policy and legal obligations are met. We work with our clients in the development of their Emergency Plans, providing our expertise and experience on what works and what does not. We understand the legislation and we can ensure your Plans meet it when required. EmergeX can develop a suite of plans, from Site Support to Evacuation to Communications Plans, or we can audit the plans you currently have. We would be happy to discuss your specific needs with you.
Emergency Program Development & Audits
Emergency Program – what’s that? If your organization or municipality doesn’t have a strong emergency program established, we can help. Bill C-45 (Canada) deals with the criminal responsibility of organizations (such as municipalities, unions, associations, and corporations (public and private) with regards to negligence. The implementation of a strong Emergency Program can better prepare an organization for their responsibilities in emergencies and disasters. EmergeX can help with all aspects of establishing, reviewing, or auditing your emergency program and we can develop a customized Emergency Program Guide to help you establish and maintain your program.
Response Coverage Area Assessments
Population densities and other factors change over time. As new areas are developed and land use intensifies and changes, so do a community’s needs for fire and ambulance coverage. Fire Departments and Ambulance Services need to periodically review their coverage areas to ensure they can meet current response-time standards and have an efficient distribution of apparatus and other resources. Using advanced Geographic Information Systems, detailed street network data, and demographic information, we can identify areas of under- and over-coverage. We can suggest locations for new fire or ambulance stations or review proposed plans to determine the new station’s impact on response times. We can also examine historical response trends and current street data to determine if primary response zones should be modified
GIS Analysis and Mapping Services
Our team of trained GIS Analysts and our in-house GIS and mapping capability allows us to offer customized spatial analysis and map production in addition to a number of customized electronic map products.
The range of spatial analysis services we offer includes response coverage area studies, facility location studies and evaluations, response time maps, social vulnerability assessments and maps. We are also able to incorporate spatial analysis into our larger Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessments, allowing you to see where vulnerabilities exist in relation to various hazards.