ABBOTSFORD– New Democrat MLA Pam Alexis says that emergency response and recovery efforts will be strengthened with funding for local emergency operations centres in Abbotsford, Semá:th First Nation and the Fraser Valley Regional District.
“Training emergency response staff is incredibly important to help keep people safe here in the Fraser Valley,” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “Funding for projects across local governments and First Nations will help Emergency Operations Centres across the province with not only more training, but also more supplies and modernized equipment so that we can all stay safe in case of an emergency.”
The following local governments and First Nations are receiving funding for emergency operations centres:
- Abbotsford: Modernization and Mobility Project- $29,598
- Semá:th First Nation: Preparedness & Response Project- $27,335
- Fraser Valley Regional District: EOC and Training Information Officer Capability- $30,000
Nearly $3 million in funding from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is going to over 100 local governments and First Nations across B.C. The funding will assist in training, purchasing and installing equipment and supplies to maintain or improve emergency operations centres.
Emergency operations centres are an essential part of emergency response, where representatives come together to co-ordinate actions and resources, and to support people responding on the ground.