NDP MLAs say funding for emergency response and recovery will keep people safer

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TRI-CITIES – New Democrat MLA Rick Glumac and Mike Farnworth say that emergency response and recovery efforts will be strengthened with funding for local emergency operations centres in the Tri-Cities.

“Preparing for emergencies is incredibly important in the face of climate related natural disasters,” said Rick Glumac, MLA for Port Moody – Coquitlam. “Seeing both Port Moody and Anmore get funding for Emergency Operations Centres is a great step to making sure we’re ready for any natural disaster that comes our way.”

The following local governments are receiving funding in the Tri-Cities:

  • Anmore: EOC – $30,000
  • Port Coquitlam: EOC Situational Awareness Enhancements and Staff Training – $30,000
  • Port Moody: 2023 Bolstering EOC and ESS Operational Readiness – $30,000

“A centralized location that the people of Port Coquitlam can turn to in the wake of a natural disaster is so important for our community,” said Mike Farnworth, MLA for Port Coquitlam. “Having this space is not only vital for the safety of all our people, but helps families plan their own home emergency plan.”

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 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.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28856