Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako calls for Expressions of Interest

RDBN Residents invited to participate in Electoral Area Specific Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability Analysis Committees

Expression of Interest Application and Draft Terms of Reference for HRVA 

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is excited to announce the Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) program across the entire Regional District. Our region is facing significant issues when it comes to environmental-based hazards, such as flooding and urban interface wildfires. These hazards pose a risk to residents and expose our diverse region to potential vulnerabilities. In response, the RDBN is working to improve its overall emergency management system by completing a HRVA for each of the Electoral Areas to:

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of what emergency hazards exist throughout the RDBN;
  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the risks and vulnerability of residents; and,
  • develop activities that improve awareness and the community’s ability to withstand emergencies throughout the RDBN.

The HRVA’s will be completed over the next two years and will include the participation of municipalities, First Nation communities, local community members, emergency response agency representatives, and Elector Area representatives.

The Electoral Area-specific Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) Committees will:

  • participate in training on the HRVA process;
  • assist in identify emergency hazards;
  • work with the HRVA Committee for your area to:
    • review and understand, and provide input on existing risk reduction measures, community maps, critical infrastructure, social and economic vulnerabilities, and physical and environmental vulnerabilities;
    • assess hazard likelihood;
    • review, rate, and document the potential hazard impacts to communities;
    • prioritize and rank emergency risks;
    • generate strategies and actions to reduce risk and vulnerability to priority hazards;
    • provide advice in the development of policies, procedures, and action plans to enhance community resiliency to emergencies;
    • review final HRVA documents; and,
    • participate in community consultation on the development and implementation of ongoing HRVA programs and activities.  

If you are interested in helping identify hazards, learn about emergency planning and be a part of building awareness on emergency preparedness in your area, we invite you to be part of the HRVA Committees for your Electoral Area.

The Regional District is looking for two long-term residents or elders from each electoral area.  In addition, RDBN staff will be recruiting representatives from municipalities, First Nations communities, media, first responders, the agricultural sector, social service agencies, industry, and the business community.

There will be 4 to 5 meetings taking place over the next two years. You will have an opportunity to review electronic reports, provide feedback and participate in virtual and in-person discussions, when appropriate and safe, related to the scope of this committee. Terms of Reference will be posted on the RDBN’s website for those interested. Please submit an Expression of Interest found at  www.rdbn.bc.ca/HRVA, before May 15th, 2021.

We acknowledge the distances that may need to be travelled for in-person meetings within the Regional District, and as such there will be remuneration for mileage and meals as required for committee meetings. A computer with access to the internet with streaming capabilities will be important for participation in the committee.

If you have any questions about the Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) program, please contact Liliana Dragowska, HRVA Coordinator at Liliana.dragowska@rdbn.bc.ca or 250-643-7965.

Find out more about the project by visiting www.rdbn.bc.ca/HRVA