Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity
Emergencies can occur at any time. In order for Port Metro Vancouver to continue providing customers, suppliers, regulators and other organizations across Canada with required services, business continuity planning is needed. Continuity planning takes into account what to do before a disruption (emergency preparedness), what to do during an interruption (emergency response) and what to do following the interruption (business resumption).
Our Emergency Preparedness and Business Recovery Directive requires us to have a documented emergency preparedness and business recovery program. This program must comply with federal legislation and interface with provincial and municipal programs, and requires tenants and lessees to have an appropriate level of emergency preparedness for their operations.
We have several programs in place to help prepare our staff and the port community for an emergency. Internally, we have established an Emergency Preparedness Committee which consists of various departmental representatives. This Committee oversees the development of corporate and department emergency and business recovery plans, along with coordination of training and exercises and maintenance of state of readiness.
Staff are also prepared for emergencies. Supplies (water and food rations) are provided at each office location and an emergency warden assigned to assist staff and visitors during an emergency. We also encourage our staff to have emergency kits at home and to develop plans for their families in the event of an emergency.
We frequently participate in exercises led by external agencies, organizations and terminals. This participation ranges from involvement of our boat crew, to observing and critiquing an exercise. A representative from the Port attends the Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) meetings to ensure the Port’s interests are considered in municipal and other agency plans and that the municipalities and other agencies are informed regarding the Port’s requirements, responsibilities and response capabilities.
We are also involved with the Disaster Response Route (DRR) Program being developed by the Provincial Emergency Program. The DRR enables emergency response vehicles to move on pre-designated routes following an emergency. These routes may lead to muster stations within the Port where emergency responders and equipment can gather and then be transported via water craft to other areas.
We utilize British Columbia’s Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS) which provides the framework for a standardized emergency response. BCERMS uses the Incident Command System to manage emergencies, and enables us to communicate effectively and efficiently with other response agencies.
We have emergency response procedures, equipment and personnel in place to deal with a variety of emergencies both on land and on water. We also requires our tenants to have appropriate emergency response procedures in place.
We have measures in place to quickly resume operations following an emergency or other business interruption. We encourage our tenants to develop similar procedures to ensure that the entire port community is able to continue business function following a disruption.