Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Communities at Risk of Flooding Share Fund to Aid in Disaster Response

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Communities at Risk of Flooding Share Fund to Aid in Disaster Response

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Emergency funds handed out in flood-risk areas

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VICTORIA - Emergency preparedness funding that British Columbia's public safety minister calls "critically important" is now being handed out to communities across the province that are at risk of spring flooding.

Funds totalling $33.5 million are being released by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to cover five initiatives aimed at helping communities respond to disasters and reduce damage if or when they occur.

A news release from the public safety ministry says payments for the first three initiatives have already been made.

They include risk assessment, mapping and mitigation plans for flooding, the development of better registration systems and procedures for emergency social services and additional equipment, supplies and volunteer training for emergency operations centres. …

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