Sayward Emergency Program


The Sayward Emergency Program works together with the Northern Communities Emergency Program to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency situations throughout the Sayward area.

During an emergency or disaster, every effort will be made to provide critical emergency information to you via the media and other resources. For more information, please contact:

Emergency Program Coordinator – Diane Mason
Phone: 250-282-5512 or 250-282-3760


Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services provides short-term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes, or other emergencies. Assistance may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support, and family reunification services. For more information, please contact:

Emergency Social Services Director – Diane Mason
Phone: 250-282-5512 or 250-282-3760

Rapid Damage Assessment Program

BC Housing’s Rapid Damage Assessment Program trains community members and Emergency Social Services personnel in safe, effective damage assessment following an earthquake. The courses teach the basic skills to identify unsafe conditions in wood frame and concrete construction caused by earthquakes. Individuals are shown how to assess damage to determine whether buildings can be re-occupied. BC Housing’s rapid inspection skills are taught using the Applied Technologies Council 20 guidelines from California.

BC Housing provides for the delivery of Rapid Damage Assessment training. For more information on their course offerings, please visit their website at:

We are fortunate in our community to have four persons trained in Rapid Damage Assessment; unfortunately, most of those trained are firefighters and will likely be needed elsewhere. If you are interested in taking this training, please contact the Emergency Program Coordinator at 250-282-5512 or by email to