VICTORIA – To mark Emergency Preparedness Week, the Province has announced $700,000 to fund training for local government emergency management staff and emergency social services volunteers across British Columbia. Staff and volunteers on the North Shore will benefit from this provincial funding.
North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto
“Emergency Preparedness Week is an important reminder for all of us of the need to be ready in the event of an emergency. Events like the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan can happen here and proper preparation will be crucial. This money will directly help organizations here on the North Shore.”
North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite
“Being prepared for an emergency is everyone’s responsibility. This funding will help local governments and emergency management groups keep our families on the North Shore safe, plain and simple.”
Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that runs during the first full week in May and is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories.
Activities are organized across Canada to raise awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit; making an emergency plan; and identifying risks in the region to help prepare Canadians for all types of emergencies.
All municipalities and Regional Districts in British Columbia are required to have emergency plans in place that identify how the local authority will respond to emergencies.
Local governments are the first responders to emergencies in their communities and the Province supports their preparedness, response and recovery efforts as and when they request it.
In British Columbia, local authorities are responsible for planning and operating Emergency Social Services in their communities.
Approximately 5,000 volunteers donate their time and energy as part of ESS teams located in communities throughout BC.