Regional EOC getting $75,000 from province
Sixty-three local and regional governments and First Nations communities have been approved to receive their share of nearly $1.5 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding to support emergency operations centres (EOCs) and related emergency training.
The Regional District of East Kootenay is the lone government in the region to receive funds from this pot, with $75,000 being earmarked for the East Kootenay Emergency Program regional EOC and alternate EOC upgrade
“When an emergency situation happens, it’s crucial that communities have the training and resources they require to respond to the emergency quickly and efficiently,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “This investment will increase capacity and provide training for emergency operations centres throughout B.C. so that people on the ground have the tools they need to keep their loved ones and other people safe.”
Funding for the EOC and training component of the CEPF was announced at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in September 2017. This funding is part of a $33.5-million plan designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.
“Having the right tools is key when it comes to responding to and recovering from any type of disaster,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “Providing funding like this increases the capacity of our communities to respond in the event of an emergency and improves resiliency when it comes time to recover and rebuild.”
The CEPF is a suite of programs designed to enhance the resiliency of local governments and their residents. The Province provides the funding, which is administered by UBCM and divided into five streams:
The next deadline to apply for this program is Oct. 25, for structural flood mitigation second intake.
Lead image: Flooding in Kimberley’s Morrison Subdivision in 2012. The RDEK EOC springs to life every time natural disasters such as floods or wildfires occur to help with organization and communication. e-KNOW file photo