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Metchosin gets provincial grant for public notification planning

$30,000 to help improve public notification and evacuation processes in Metchosin

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Wednesday August 9, 2023 | METCHOSIN, BC [Updated 5 pm]

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

The District of Metchosin is receiving $30,000 in provincial funding for public notification planning.

“People in Metchosin will be kept safer in emergency situations thanks to provincial funding to help local governments and First Nations strengthen their plans for emergency evacuation and public notification planning,” says local MLA Mitzi Dean (Esquimalt-Metchosin).

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“The better prepared our communities are for disasters, the more people can be kept safe,” said Dean. “By helping fund communities to improve their public notification and evacuation processes, we’re supporting community safety ahead of such events.”

Metchosin is a primarily rural community of about 5,000 people on the west shore side of Greater Victoria, on south Vancouver Island.

Three projects on Vancouver Island:

The grant to the District of Metchosin is one of three on Vancouver Island in this round of grants.

The other two grants went to projects in Comox Valley Regional District ($150,000) and Cowichan Valley Regional District ($147,500).

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Part of BC-wide funding:

In total, over $800,000 is being provided to communities across B.C. to support this work to improve emergency evacuation route and public notification plans. | See more projects in August 9, 2023 news release

Over $164 million has been provided to local governments and First Nations through the Climate Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) for over 1,500 projects to help communities become more climate resilient.

This work also supports the Province’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, which outlines a broad range of actions for 2022-2025 to address climate impacts and build resilience across B.C.

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Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, visit: https://www.ubcm.ca/cepf

Disaster- and climate-risk reduction, visit ClimateReadyBC: https://www.ClimateReadyBC.ca

Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy: http://www.gov.bc.ca/BC-Adapts