PHOTOS: Inside Abbotsford’s emergency operations centre

Join editor Tyler Olsen for a visual tour through Abbotsford's emergency operations centre

By Grace Kennedy | November 29, 2021 |4:32 am

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On Friday (Nov. 26), Abbotsford city hall was vibrating with activity. The hall is now home to the city’s emergency operations centre, and on Friday staff and volunteers were busy preparing for the deluge that has now caused wide-spreading flooding across the city for a second time.

The centre is activated in a state of local emergency to provide direction and support to the city’s emergency activities. Mayor Henry Braun and other elected officials or senior executive officers (such as the fire chief or police chief) form a policy group that acts as the head of the centre. Together, they work with government agencies and private organizations to handle the community’s emergency situation.

Overall, the centre is responsible for emergency policy and coordination, as well as communications, risk management. It also coordinates operations between jurisdictions, handles emergency logistics for evacuees and others, and handles both the financial and administrative aspects of a crisis.

Current editor Tyler Olsen was inside the city’s Emergency Operations Centre on Friday. This is what he saw.

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Staff from a number of different agencies work together in Abbotsford’s emergency operations centre Friday (Nov. 26). 📸 Tyler Olsen
In Abbotsford’s emergency operations centre, people from many different agencies, including Abbotsford police and staff within the city, work together to manage the flooding across the city. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Hand-drawn thank you signs adorn the emergency operations centre in Abbotsford. 📸 Tyler Olsen

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A member of the emergency operations centre’s planning team looks at mapping tools being used by the EOC on their computer. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Hand-drawn thank you signs adorn the emergency operations centre in Abbotsford. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Members of the planning team look at images of Abbotsford flooding while others look over printed maps of flooding at a table in the back. 📸 Tyler Olsen

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Printed maps are laid out on a long table at the emergency operations centre, showing the extent of the flooding in Sumas Prairie, and the location of dike breaches, which have now been largely repaired. 📸 Tyler Olsen
In Abbotsford’s emergency operations centre, people from many different agencies, including Abbotsford police and staff within the city, work together to manage the flooding across the city. 📸 Tyler Olsen
Members of different agencies work together in Abbotsford’s emergency operations centre to plan and manage the flooding in Abbotsford. 📸 Tyler Olsen

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Grace Kennedy

Reporter at Fraser Valley Current

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