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NDP MLA says people in the Comox Valley will be kept safer with stronger emergency evacuation and public notification planning

August 9, 2023 at 11:51 am  Politics, Provincial

COMOX – New Democrat MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says that people in the Comox Valley will be kept safer in emergency situations thanks to provincial funding to help local governments and First Nations strengthen their plans for emergency evacuation and public notification planning.

“If emergencies come up, making sure people are aware of how to respond and when they may need to evacuate will be key to keeping as many community members as possible safe,” said Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox. “This funding will help our community to be even better prepared when we need it most.”

The Comox Valley Regional District is receiving $150,000 in funding for evacuation and public notification planning, with regional partners the K’ómoks First Nation, Cumberland, Comox, and Courtenay

In total, over $800,000 is being provided to communities across B.C. to support this work to improve emergency evacuation route and public notification plans. Over $164 million has been provided to local governments and First Nations through the Climate Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) for over 1,500 projects to help communities become more climate resilient. This work also supports the Province’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, which outlines a broad range of actions for 2022-2025 to address climate impacts and build resilience across B.C.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/29348

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