Friday, March 22, 2019
Northwest communities to share in Emergency Preparation Funding
The fund is designed to provide funding through the UBCM which administers it, with six major areas of note highlighted as to where the money can be used.
Flood risk assessment,
Flood mapping and flood mitigation planning
Emergency social services
Emergency operations centres and training
Structural flood mitigation
As part of today's roll out of information on the program, some 57 proposals have been given approval to move forward as part of the 1.5 million dollars of assistance to be released.
For Prince Rupert that will mean $25,000 to be put towards what the province calls a capacity building initiative.
North Coast Regional District also heard some good news, with the Sandspit emergency equipment project receiving $25,000
Around the rest of the Northwest funding has been directed as follows:
Bulkley-Nechako Regional District -- $25,000 -- Emergency Services Mobile Unit
Fraser Lake -- $25,000 -- Back up power program
Gransile -- $25,000 -- Primary EOC preparedness
Nisga'a Lisims Government -- $25,000 -- Nisga'a exercise project
Smithers -- $24,400 -- EOC diversification project
Stewart -- $25,000 -- Public Emergency Communications System - Community Warning Siren completion project, personal training project.
Most recently in the days following the 7.7 magnitude earthquake on Haida Gwaii in 2012 and a Tsunami Warning from last year.
Since those events, the City of Prince Rupert has launched an emergency alert system for phones and other electronic devices introducing it the public in April of 2018,
The City has however remained steady in their opposition towards the introduction of the large scale siren concept for this community.
For more background on the provincial funding announced today see their information statement here.
Communities across the Northwest can make plans to fill out more application forms. The next deadline to apply for this program is Oct. 25, 2019, for structural flood mitigation second intake.
More notes of interest on emergency events can be found from our earthquake archive, while items of interest on the Provincial government can be explored through our Legislature Archive.
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