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NDP MLA says people on the North Island will be kept safer with stronger emergency evacuation and public notification planning

August 9, 2023 at 11:55 am  Politics, Provincial

GOLD RIVER  New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk says that people on the North Island 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.

“Ensuring processes are in place for emergencies is an important part of our climate resiliency strategy,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “When we fund projects like these, we’re helping communities keep more people safe and secure.”

The following projects in the North Island region are receiving funding:

  • Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation – $60,000 for Gold River and Tsa’xana Evacuation Planning Partnership
  • Strathcona Regional District – $32,000 for Quadra Island Evacuation Guidelines and Tsunami Notification Guidelines

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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