Friday, March 31, 2023

Provincial Funding for Emergency Services Support announced

Communities across the Northwest and on Haida Gwaii have a bit of additional funding to put towards their needs for Emergency Services Supports, with the Province delivering 2.2 million dollars provinewide to be put toward support for people who may need to be evacuated from homes during emergencies.

“British Columbians who are forced to evacuate their homes often rely on provincially funded emergency support services that are delivered in partnership with First Nations and local governments. This funding will help communities build up capacity to better deliver these supports to people during very stressful situations as we continue modernizing and improving ESS.” -- Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.

Prince Rupert's Share of the 2.2 million dollars of provincial funds comes to $3,892 for ESS Capacity and Resourcing Support

On Haida Gwaii, the community of Daajing Giids will receive $29,965 to be put towards ESS Storage and Supplies

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice noted yesterday as to how the funding comes during more frequent climate related issues.

“As we see more frequent climate-related emergencies, it’s important that residents of the North Coast know they can access emergency support services should they need it. As the former Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness, I know this funding is crucial to our communities. Our BC NDP government is taking the steps to be prepared for any type of emergency”

Other communities across the Northwest to receive funding from this funding distribution include:

Bulkley Nechako Regional District -- (Houston, Granisle)  -- $89,238.46
(Regional ESS Exercise and Equipment Acquisition)

Burns Lake -- $29,684
(ESS Team Development)

Kitselas First Nation -- $30,000
(Support Supply project)

Smithers - Regional, Telkwa -- $60,000
(Bulkley ESS Transport, Security and Volunteer Safety project)

You can review the announcement and full province-wide allocation here.

More notes from the British Columbia Legislature can be reviewed here.

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