NDP MLA Josie Osborne says communities will be better prepared to support people during emergencies with new funding

TOFINO ­–­ New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says that new funding for Emergency Support Services (ESS) will help keep people safe in the event of an emergency. More than 50 First Nations and local governments will receive a share of more than $1.9 million for local emergency preparedness. 

“Part of building resilient communities is ensuring they are prepared for emergencies,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “We are providing funding for equipment, supplies, and training so that people will be supported after a disaster.”

Three local governments and First Nations will be receiving funding for the following projects as follows:

·           Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District – Building Capacity & Strengthening ESS in the Alberni Valley & Bamfield. – $25,000

·           Tofino – Equipment, Supplies, Training and Recruitment – $24,960.50

·           Tseshaht First Nation – Tseshaht Emergency Support Services Development Project – $25,000

This funding will support communities to build local capacity now to provide ESS when a disaster strikes. Governments will use funding for volunteer recruitment, retention and training, and the purchase of equipment.

Budget 2022 provides $2.1 billion to support the recovery of communities to build back better from recent disasters, and to strengthen defences to make sure people and communities across B.C. are protected from future disasters. 

Learn More: news.gov.bc.ca/26769