NDP MLA Roly Russell says that people in Boundary-Similkameen will benefit from emergency operations centre funding

Princeton – New Democrat MLA Roly Russell says that new provincial emergency preparedness funding will help improve emergency operation centres, and better equip locals governments and First Nations in the Boundary-Similkameen region to respond to emergencies and keep people safe.

Over $3.2 million in funding is being shared among 84 First Nations and local governments to help communities build or upgrade emergency operations centres (EOCs), purchase equipment, or enhance capacity through volunteer recruitment, retention and training.

Over the last few months, we have all been clearly reminded of the importance of reliable safety infrastructure,” said MLA Roly Russell. “This funding will help lower our risk from  future disasters by providing dedicated equipment, technology, and training, in order to ensure that people and their families have the resources needed to stay safe.”

The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District, Summerland, Keremeos, and Oliver are receiving $99,130 in funding for joint EOC training and technology. This project will enable the community to provide cultural humility training, refresher training, updated equipment, and refinement of GIS applications to improve communication.

Other projects being funded in the region are listed below:

  • Princeton – $25,000 for a power generator to provide backup power for the EOC, to assist in emergency response during power outages.
  • Osoyoos- $25,000 for EOC Computer Network upgrades.

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

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022PSSG0046-001073