Services and supports expanded to help evacuees in the North Island

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CAMPBELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk is welcoming funding to improve local emergency support services (ESS) for people evacuated from their homes during natural disasters or other emergencies.

“No one wants to be in a situation where they are facing evacuation alerts and orders, but when it does happen, it is important that there are systems in place to support people when they need help,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for the North Island. “This investment will help build the resources needed to prepare for and support evacuees when climate disasters hit.”

In the North Island, the following communities are receiving funding:

  • Strathcona Regional District, in partnership with Campbell River, Ehattesaht First Nation, Homalco First Nation, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, Nuchatlaht First Nation, Gold River, Sayward, Tahsis, and Zeballos, Hosting with Humility, Adapting the ESS structure to expand Host Community capacity project, $294,630
  • Mount Waddington Regional District, Critical Incident Stress Management project, $30,000
  • We Wai Kai Nation, ESS Trailer project, $30,000
  • Port Alice, ESS Food Supply project, $16,000

In total, $2.2 million is being distributed to communities across the province. The funding will expand local capacity to provide emergency support services through volunteer recruitment, retention, training, and the purchase of supplies and equipment. This funding will also support the modernization of local ESS programs to move toward digital registration and reporting.

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