NDP MLA Roly Russell says Oliver will be better prepared to support people during emergencies with new funding

OLIVER ­–­ New Democrat MLA Roly Russell 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. 

“We are so very well aware these days how important it is that communities like Oliver are ready to put Emergency Support Services into action as soon as possible when disasters happen,” said Roly Russell, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen. “This funding will help with crucial planning and preparation to help local governments be nimble, so people can get support they need when they need it.”

Oliver will be receiving $18,625 in funding. This funding will help build local capacity now to provide ESS when a disaster strikes. Local governments and First Nations 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 defenses to make sure people and communities across B.C. are protected from future disasters. 

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