The Salt Spring Island Emergency Program is a CRD entity made up of allied emergency response groups including Search and Rescue, RCMP, Emergency Social Services, BC Ambulance, Coast Guard, CRD, BC Hydro, BC Ferries, Vancouver Island Health Authority, North Salt Spring Water District, Amateur Radio Communications and Salt Spring Island Fire/Rescue.

The program is responsible for the communities’:

  • Emergency Operations Centre
  • Emergency Social Services
  • POD (Neighbourhood Emergency Response)


More information:

Emergency Notices   
Everything you need to know about PODs        
Brochures and useful information 

What is a Public Alert Notification System (PANS)?

The Public Alert Notification System is a warning system designed to be used as an all hazards mass notification system.

In the event of a significant incident, the notification system will send messages to subscribed residents notifying them of potential threats to their safety and wellbeing.
The notification system ensures trusted and accurate information is distributed quickly.
This information can help you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what to expect.

When will the system be used?

This system will be used to notify you of significant or time sensitive information relevant to your local area such as critical notifications and evacuation instructions.

How will I receive notifications?

Each subscriber can choose which devices they would like to receive notification on and may include:

  • Home phone
  • Cell phone
  • Work phone
  • Email
  • SMS Text Message

When a notification is issued, multiple attempts will be made on each device until you confirm receipt of the message.

What if I don’t sign up?

You will only receive notifications if you sign up for this service. However, information will still be available through media coverage and your local Emergency Program.
Your local Emergency Program will continue to be a vital part of any response to an emergency in your area.

Will my contact information be shared?

No. The information provided is confidential and will only be used by your local government for notification purposes. Your information will not be given or sold to any vendor or organization.

Download the PANS-Ver-2-Brochure-SSI.