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Key Initiatives


​We identify multi-jurisdictional emergency management priorities and develop response strategies for the Metro Vancouver region, coordinating and developing guidelines, education, and training exercises.​​

During the annual business planning process, the team puts forward potential new initiatives to the Steering Committee for approval. Initiatives can be identified through direct input from partners, from needs uncovered during recent events, or in recommendations produced in past work. Partners can recommend regional initiatives for consideration using the IPREM Project Proposal Template. For more information, please see the Project Selection Guideline​​.​​

Current ​and ongoing initiatives​​



IPREM Regional Decision Making for EmergenciesIPREM Regional Decision Making for Emergencies<div class="ExternalClassA794DC908FEC46F793C16D09ED088315">​​The IPREM Regional Decision Making for Emergencies model provide Chief Administrative Officers and the Province with a mechanism to make decisions concerning regional multi-jurisdictional emergencies. The model was introduced in 2012 as the All-Hazard Integrated Regional Concept of Operations model and has been exercised for multiple regional scenarios and has been activated once for a regional incident.<p>IPREM is currently working to update the model to ensure it is in alignment with current regional needs and priorities.​<br></p></div>
IPREM Regional Disaster Communications StrategyIPREM Regional Disaster Communications Strategy<div class="ExternalClassFCE03C3C396E4BC5BF73B0667C9954BA"><p>​​The IPREM Regional Disaster Communications Strategy aims to provide the region with support in coordinating disaster communication concerning regional emergency events. ​<br></p></div>
IPREM 2024-2028 Regional Exercise Program PlanIPREM 2024-2028 Regional Exercise Program Plan<div class="ExternalClassDAD552B483BF4E0D86CB52B085722977"><p>​​The IPREM Regional Exercise Program Plan is a multi-year plan to conduct exercises with regional partners in preparation for potential regional emergency events. A draft of the plan has been circulated with partners and is currently awaiting the approval of the Steering Committee. ​<br></p></div>

Completed initiatives​



Joint Municipal Regional Disaster Debris Management Operational Plan for Metro Vancouver region and membersJoint Municipal Regional Disaster Debris Management Operational Plan for Metro Vancouver region and members<div class="ExternalClass7E2D436B86D043A2AB2FC8F18A90FBE1"><p>​​The Joint Municipal Regional Disaster Debris Management Operational Plan for Metro Vancouver region and members (sometimes referred to as the DDM Plan or DDM Framework) provides an operational framework for disaster debris management. The guiding principles and tools provided in this Plan will enable the Local Authorities to collaborate and coordinate the efforts, resources, and communications specific to disaster debris, which required to maintain continuity and recover from emergencies in the Metro Vancouver region. ​<br></p></div>
Regional Natural Gas Supply Shortfall FrameworkRegional Natural Gas Supply Shortfall Framework<div class="ExternalClass5C576C98D91A4D42919C422F3800F5CA"><p>The Regional Natural Gas Shortfall Framework (Regional Framework) centralizes information and resources to inform local and provincial governments and other organizations in the Metro Vancouver region to develop consistent plans to address a natural gas shortfall.<br></p><p>The Regional Framework consolidates several pieces of information including: </p><ul><li>Roles and responsibilities of FortisBC, local and provincial governments, First Nations, and health authorities; </li><li>Planning assumptions that the contributing organizations identified with regard to impacts, public communication, coordination and contingency planning; and </li><li>R​esponse actions for each level of response for issuing public communication, conservation actions and contingency planning. <br></li></ul> ​<br></div>
Annual Regional ForumsAnnual Regional Forums<div class="ExternalClassA89509540A0B46A6B03F8A238A41DF81"><p>​​​Each year, IPREM holds space in the business plan to facilitate a forum on a priority topic concerning regional emergency planning. Topic ideas are collected through the first half of the year, and the forum is generally held in the fall or winter.<br></p><p>Past forums include:</p><ul><li>IPREM 2023 Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation Regional Forum</li><li>IPREM 2023 Regional Forum on Drought​​​<br></li></ul></div>
Other Past Initiatives include:Other Past Initiatives include:<div class="ExternalClassEE221039FB0E4034B1FB189C6A943ABF"><ul><li> ​​​The 2013 Regional Hazard Risk Vulnerability Assessment, with an analysis of emerging trends conducted in 2018.</li><li>The 2014 Regional Emergency Communications Strategy, which looked at the interoperability of emergency communications in the region.</li><li>The 2015 Critical Infrastructure Assessment Tool.</li><li>The 2017-2020 Regional Exercise Program.</li><li>The 2019 Regional Resilience Recovery Framework.</li><li>The 2022 Extreme Heat Project, which compiled resources for Communities, Roles and Responsibilities, and Flow Chart.</li><li>COVID-19 Regional After-Action Reviews, with Interim Reports produced in 2020 and 2021, and a Lessons Learned Report in 2023.​​<br></li></ul></div>

​These are some examples of completed and current initiatives. Due to the sensitivity of s​ome of these initiatives, certain documents associated with these projects may only be available by request. Please contact the team for further information.​​​

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