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Emergency Preparedness

Job Posting: Emergency Management Specialist

Short Term Contract: June 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025

Kootenay Rockies Tourism is seeking an Emergency Management Specialist, to join our team for a term position ending on March 31, 2025. This is an opportunity to embark on an exciting journey with the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association, a not-for-profit destination management organization with a mission to facilitate and support the development of a strong tourism industry in the Kootenay Rockies region that will support and grow a sustainable regional visitor economy that benefits and provides residents with amenities and services that improve their quality of life. Our approach is comprehensive and grounded in four pillars of social responsibility; businesses, communities, culture and the environment.

We are searching for an individual to play a pivotal role in assisting with the development of emergency management plans and engaging with community leaders to build an understanding and consensus of the critical role of being prepared for, and responding to, emergencies.

Overview of the Position:

Reporting to the CEO, this individual will be responsible for facilitating and updating the emergency management plan for the Kootenay Rockies region. They will engage with levels of government, rights holders, stakeholders, community leaders and partners to ensure that emergency management plans are aligned and supportive.

This role will also support the advancement of Kootenay Rockies Tourism’s strategic goals by aligning with the pillars of Destination Development and Stewardship (including social responsibility), Industry Support and Engagement and Communication, Education and Advocacy.

We are seeking a professional with a strategic mindset and someone who is ready to embrace challenges.

What Kootenay Rockies Tourism Offers You:

  • Remote role, based in the Kootenay Rockies region
  • A collaborative and supportive team environment

This isn’t just a job; it’s an invitation to be part of something extraordinary. Join us in shaping the future of tourism, where your strategic thinking and communication skills will be valued and celebrated. This role will appeal to an individual who wants to make a difference and take on new challenges.

Job Type: Full-time, term ends March 31, 2025

Wage: $35 per hour, average of 30 hours per week/may fluctuate. Travel expenses will be covered outside of the wage.

Work Location: Remote role, based in the Kootenay Rockies region.

Job Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in relevant field such as emergency management, tourism, public relations, media relations or communications and marketing
  • A minimum of 3-5 years in a role that requires organization, engagement and project management skills relating to communications and engagement or emergency management
  • Experience in working and liaising with various levels of government
  • Working experience in emergency management is desired, but not required.

All qualified applicants will be given fair and equal consideration regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, disability, nation of origin, age or religion.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline closed on May 17, 2024.

Resources for Tourism Operators & Communities for Emergency Situations

Here are some important resources for communities, marketing organizations and tourism operators to use to communicate with guests and prospective visitors, and to plan and be prepared for emergencies.

The Tourism Emergency Management Committee (TEMC) has released a BC Tourism Emergency Management Framework to help reduce the industry’s vulnerabilities and risks and lessen the potentially adverse impacts to visitor experiences during emergencies. The framework provides a unified structure to support tourism partners and visitors on matters related to the four pillars of emergency management … specifically mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

An Emergency Messaging Guidance document for BC’s tourism industry with seasonal information. The documents include responsible travel infographics and outlines official emergency information resources for BC and suggested messaging, visuals and actions for BC’s tourism industry during emergencies. It can help tourism businesses navigate questions, mitigate visitor concerns, and proactively manage perceptions during emergencies.

Emergency Plan for Tourism Operators

Emergency Plan

This resource is designed to help BC tourism businesses and organizations start planning and preparing for emergencies that may impact their staff and guests. Choose templates, tools and suggestions that make the most sense for your operation and add to them as needed.

Emergency Plan for Tourism Operators

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Wildfire Preparedness

Wildfire Preparedness Guide

On average, there are more than 1,600 wildfires in BC every year. Sometimes they burn in areas away from houses or infrastructure, with ecological benefits to the landscape. Other times, they can threaten peoples homes and livelihoods. This guide will help you prepare your household, protect your property and understand what to do if a wildfire is close to your community.

PreparedBC Wildfire Preparedness Guide

Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide

Extreme Heat Preparedness

This Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide is a roadmap to help you, your family and community prepare for the next Extreme Heat Emergency in British Columbia. The extreme heat in 2021 is a stark example that our climate is changing and we must prepare for the expectation that these events will become more frequent, longer and hotter in the decades to come.

Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide

BC Government: Be Prepared for extreme heat


EmergencyInfoBC is active during partial and full-scale provincial emergencies, both on this site and on Twitter via @EmergencyInfoBC. Official response and recovery sources are shared as well as verified event information from trusted partners.


3 Steps to Preparedness

Disasters happen and PreparedBC can help you understand and prepare for the hazards in your area. Know the Hazards, Gather your Supplies, Make your Plan, Get Prepared for Wildfires, Be Flood Ready and more resources for communities.
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More Resources:
Ten Steps to Prepare Your Business for Evacuation by the BC Economic Development Association.


For current travel restrictions, wildfire info and other key resources, learn more here: