More than 100 local governments and First Nations communities have been approved to receive their share of $4.2 million in provincial emergency preparedness funding.
This funding is part of the nearly $69.5-million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.
This investment through the CEPF will support emergency support services (ESS), which provide short-term, essential supports to British Columbians impacted by disasters. It will also support emergency operations centres (EOC), equipment, and emergency training at the community level.
Through the program the City of Merritt applied to complete an update of the current evacuation route planning, however, the funding was not approved by the province.
“We will take the application we had and look for other funding resources because the City sees this as a priority,” said Will George.
The current evacuation route plan was created back in 2006.
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