B.C. announces funding to help communities with emergency preparedness

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Aug 7th 2023, CityNews

The B.C. government is providing more than $880,000 in funding to 19 communities to help with emergency preparedness.

The province announced Wednesday that the money, through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, will go towards helping these communities improve evacuation plans and local emergency alerting systems.

“Recent wildfires in remote regions of B.C. have put communities at risk of being cut off from the rest of the province, highlighting the need for good, advanced planning to ensure residents are able to evacuate safely,” Bowinn Ma, minister of emergency management and climate readiness, said in a statement.

More than $430,000 is being provided through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) to communities to improve knowledge of the risks associated with extreme temperatures and how these risks will change over time. The funding may be used to develop effective response plans and strategies to prepare, mitigate and adapt to those risks.

This funding will support planning work and is part of government’s ongoing efforts to strengthen readiness of communities throughout the province.

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