NDP MLA Lisa Beare says that communities will be better prepared to support people during emergencies with new funding

May 6, 2022 at 11:28 am  Politics, Provincial

PITT MEADOWS­–­ New Democrat MLA Lisa Beare 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. 

“This funding for Pitt Meadows with Katzie First Nation means that should a crisis occur, we’ll be better prepared to assist the most vulnerable members in the community,” said Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “Emergency Preparedness is more important now than ever, and I’m glad to see these grants going out across the province.”

Pitt Meadows, with Katzie First Nation will be receiving $50,000 in funding. 

This funding will support communities to build local capacity now to provide ESS when a disaster strikes. Governments 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 defences to make sure people and communities across B.C. are protected from future disasters.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022EMBC0028-000718

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