First Nations, communities benefit from emergency preparedness fund

Press Release

May 6, 2022

VICTORIA – More than 50 First Nations and local governments are receiving their share of more than $1.9 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding to help improve emergency support services (ESS) in their communities.

Funding will support communities building capacity to provide ESS through equipment purchases and volunteer recruitment, retention and training. ESS funding is part of the $189-million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund administered through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and supports programs that strengthen the resilience of First Nations communities, local governments and residents.

“It’s clearer than ever that emergencies can strike at any time, and it’s so important for communities to be prepared and ready to respond before they do,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “This funding will support First Nations and local governments to expand and build on their supports and services for evacuees and get ahead of what might come.”

The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund is a suite of programs divided into several funding streams. The Province is introducing three new streams this year to help First Nations and local governments better prepare for emergencies and the changing climate: public notification and evacuation planning; extreme-heat risk mapping, assessment and planning; and disaster risk reduction/climate adaptation, which includes flood-risk reduction. Intakes will also reopen for volunteer and composite fire departments; Indigenous cultural safety and cultural-humility training; emergency support services; and emergency operations centres.

“Since 2017, we’ve provided funding for more than 1,000 First Nation and local government projects through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “We’re proud to introduce new ways for First Nations and local governments to access emergency-preparedness funding so we can better support people in British Columbia during their most challenging times.”

Budget 2022 provides $2.1 billion to support communities to build back better from recent disasters and to strengthen defences to make sure people and communities throughout B.C. are protected from disasters. From this funding, a historic investment of $110 million, in addition to previous contributions, is going to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, for a total investment of $189 million.

“Community emergency preparedness funding is critical to the continued development and modernization of emergency support services in our communities,” said Gerry Thiessen, board chair, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. “Emergency support services volunteers are the first point of contact for residents upon evacuation in an emergency event, and ensuring they are prepared and well-supported to provide compassionate, efficient services is key in getting evacuees the support they need in a stressful situation. The supplies purchased with this fund will make a significant difference to volunteers and emergency support services in our region.”

Since 2017, communities throughout B.C. have been able to apply for funding through this program for local priority projects that are designed to help mitigate and prepare for disasters and climate-related emergencies.

Learn More:

For more information about the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, visit the UBCM website: https://www.ubcm.ca/funding-programs/local-government-program-services/community-emergency-preparedness-fund

A backgrounder follows.

Contact:

Emergency Management BC
Media Relations
250 880-6430

BACKGROUNDER

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund

Local governments and First Nations across British Columbia will receive $1,901,342.19 in provincial Community Emergency Preparedness Funds as follows.

100 Mile House – 100 Mile House and District Reception Centre mobilization

Total funding: $21,071.47

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District – building capacity and strengthening ESS in the Alberni Valley and Bamfield

Total approved funding: $25,000

Alert Bay – generator and fuel storage

Total approved funding: $14,192.60

Ashcroft – establishing ESS services

Total approved funding: $11,128.51

Bowen Island Municipality – Capacity-Building 4.0

Total approved funding: $25,000

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District, with Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Granisle, Vanderhoof – regional – team modernization and development

Total approved funding: $77,694.68

Comox Valley Regional District – Hosting with Humility: reimagining the Comox Valley’s role as a host community

Total approved funding: $24,500

Cook’s Ferry Indian Band – kits, lodging and security equipment

Total approved funding: $25,000

Cowichan Tribes – strengthening Cowichan Tribes’ ESS program

Total approved funding: $25,000

Cowichan Valley Regional District, with Ladysmith, Duncan, North Cowichan, Lake Cowichan – regional – towable generator project

Total approved funding: $115,000

Dawson Creek – reception centre set-up

Total approved funding: $22,594.20

Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation – emergency kit preparedness 2022

Total approved funding: $25,000

Gitanyow Band – ESS development

Total approved funding: $25,000

Gitga’at First Nation – ESS development

Total approved funding: $25,000

Hudson’s Hope – ESS project

Total approved funding: $23,016

K’ómoks First Nation – ESS project

Total approved funding: $25,000

Kamloops – training and capacity-building

Total approved funding: $25,000

Kispiox Band Council – development project, trailer, equipment and training

Total approved funding: $25,000

Kitselas First Nation – development project

Total approved funding: $24,921.34

Lions Bay – updating of ESS supplies and equipment, volunteer training

Total approved funding: $21,600

Metro Vancouver – ESS and mass-care training

Total approved funding: $25,000

Mount Waddington Regional District – community capacity-building

Total approved funding: $25,000

North Vancouver District, with City of North Vancouver, West Vancouver – regional: response support technical integration

Total approved funding: $69,542.65

Okanagan Indian Band – capacity-building project

Total approved funding: $25,000

Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District, with Keremeos, Princeton, Summerland, Osoyoos – regional – modernization and training

Total approved funding: $89,750

Oliver – ESS

Total approved funding: $18,625

Pauquachin First Nation, with Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Tseycum First Nation – regional – Wsanec ESS program

Total approved funding: $96,060

Pemberton – ESS modernization

Total approved funding: $20,575

Penticton – enhancing capacity based on five months of deployment in 2021

Total approved funding: $17,000

Pitt Meadows, with Katzie First Nation 563 – regional – vulnerable-population planning

Total approved funding: $50,000

Port Alice – ESS laptops

Total approved funding: $5,000

Port Coquitlam – workshops, exercise and technology enhancements

Total approved funding: $24,954.95

Port Moody – training and equipment

Total approved funding: $22,563.90

Prince George – equipment, training and recognition

Total approved funding: $25,000

qathet Regional District – storage container with supplies and equipment

Total approved funding: $25,000

Saanich – modernization project 2022

Total approved funding: $21,465.05

Sik-E-Dakh – emergency operations: generator

Total approved funding: $25,000

Simpcw First Nation – Simpcw evacuation support unit

Total approved funding: $25,000

Smithers, with Telkwa – regional – operational readiness development project

Total approved funding: $50,000

Spuzzum First Nation – development project

Total approved funding: $25,000

Squamish – inclusive and accessible emergency support services

Total approved funding: $25,000

Squamish Nation – enhancement

Total approved funding: $24,876.43

Strathcona Regional District, with Campbell River, Ehattesaht First Nation, Homalco First Nation, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations, Klahoose First Nation, Nuchatlaht First Nation, Gold River, Sayward, Tahsis, Zeballos, We Wai Kai Nation, Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Squamish – regional – group lodging capacity enhancements

Total approved funding: $165,130

Sunshine Coast Regional District – reception centre modernization 2022

Total approved funding: $24,967

Surrey – modernization project

Total approved funding: $25,000

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc – training and equipment

Total approved funding: $22,686.04

Tofino – equipment, supplies, training and recruitment

Total approved funding: $24,960.50

Tseshaht First Nation – Tseshaht ESS development project

Total approved funding: $25,000

Tsilhqot’in National Government, with ?Esdilagh First Nation, Xeni Gwet’in First Nations, Yunesit’in Government, Tŝideldel First Nation, Tl’esqox First Nation, Tl’etinqox-t’in Government – regional – emergency response for Tsilhqot’in communities

Total approved funding: $172,500

Tzeachten First Nation – supplies and capacity-building

Total approved funding: $25,000

Vernon – reception centre equipment 2022

Total approved funding: $25,000

West Moberly First Nations – development project

Total approved funding: $24,966.87

Whistler – Level 2 response capacity-building

Total approved funding: $25,000

Contact:

Emergency Management BC
Media Relations
250 880-6430

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