NDP MLA Michele Babchuk says North Island will be better prepared to support people during emergencies with new funding

CAMPBELL RIVER ­–­ New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk 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. 

“It is especially vital that rural and remote communities are prepared for emergencies,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “Whether it’s recruiting volunteers, purchasing equipment, or getting the word out, this funding will support communities so they can support people. I want to extend my thanks to everyone who is involved in this work to keep people safe.”

Several local governments and First Nations will be receiving funding for projects as follows:

  • Strathcona Regional District (with Campbell River, Ehattesaht First Nation, Homalco First Nation, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations, Klahoose First Nation, Nuchatlaht First Nation, Gold River, Sayward, Tahsis, Zeballos, We Wai Kai Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Squamish) – Group Lodging Capacity Enhancements – $165,130
  • Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation – Emergency Kit Preparedness – $25,000
  • Mount Waddington Regional District – Community Capacity – $25,000
  • Alert Bay – Generator and Fuel Storage – $14,192.60
  • Port Alice – ESS Laptops – $5,000

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.

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