Volunteers build a wall of sandbags to keep the rising creek from flooding the Kindale Seaton Centre in Vernon. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon, Enderby receive emergency preparedness funding

Two of six communities recently approved for share of $3 million

Emergency preparedness coffers are getting a boost in Vernon and Enderby.

In December 2018, 25 communities were approved for Emergency Social Services (ESS) funding under the second intake of the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund. The additional six communities – Enderby, Esquimalt, Port Coquitlam, Port McNeill, Tsawwassen First Nation and Vernon – have had their funding requests approved for ESS training, capacity building and equipment. These communities will receive a share of approximately $3 million.

“Six more communities, including two in the Lower Mainland and two on Vancouver Island, are going to be better supported in their ability to provide a lifeline for those who have been evacuated in an emergency,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “That means more help for individuals and families in need and more support for the many volunteers who provide this lifeline when people need it most.”

Related: Flooding hits Enderby

Related: Vernon prepares for floods

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) released the funding for Intake 2 of the Emergency Social Services component of the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) that was announced at the UBCM convention in September 2017. The funding is part of a $33.5-million plan designed to help communities prepare for, and respond to, disasters.

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: Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping and Flood Mitigation Planning, Emergency Social Services, Emergency Operations Centres and Training, Structural Flood Mitigation and Evacuation Routes.

The next deadlines to apply for this program are Feb. 1, 2019: Emergency Operations Centres and Training Intake 2; Feb. 22, 2019: Flood Risk Assessment, Mapping and Mitigation Intake 2 and Oct. 25, 2019: Structural Flood Mitigation Intake 2.



parker.crook@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Gathering in Salmon Arm to offer support, resources after shooting

Agencies join to provide practical assistance from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at rec centre

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Clear skies and pushing 20 C

Environement Canada forcasts a sunny and warm Easter weekend

Have your say on proposed ban of single use plastic bags

Salmon Arm to hold public information session on bylaw this Tuesday, April 23

Shuswap dancer stays across street from Penticton shooting day after Salmon Arm tragedy

Just for Kicks teacher and fellow dancers placed in lockdown, watch police response from Airbnb

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Vernon photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

B.C. women make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Most Read