Emergency Social Services (ESS) 100 is designed to provide a broad overview of the human side of emergency and disaster response. Whether it is shelter, food or comfort, Emergency Social Services provides the services and supports needed by those affected by a disaster.

This course is the starting point for community staff and volunteers to develop knowledge and skills in ESS.

The course will take approximately one hour to complete.

The course Emergency Management in Manitoba (EM 100) is recommended prior to taking this course.


This course is designed as an overview of the principles of the Incident Command System (ICS) and an orientation to the basic ICS structure, terminology, and common responsibilities. It will provide basic information about the Incident Command System to enable work in a support role at an incident or event, or to support an incident from an off-site location such as an Emergency Operations Centre.

The course will take approximately 2 to 4 hours to complete. Allow 30 to 45 minutes to complete the exam.