NDP MLA Kelli Paddon says that Tzeachten First Nation will be better prepared to support people during emergencies with new funding

TZEACHTEN­–­ New Democrat MLA Kelli Paddon 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 towards local emergency preparedness. 

“Last year was difficult for people and it served as a reminder of just how important it is to be prepared,” said Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “This funding for Tzeachten First Nation will help pay for supplies and capacity building, so that there are more resources on the ground to support people in case of an emergency.”

Tzeachten First Nation will be receiving $25,000 in funding. 

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: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022EMBC0028-000718