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Prince George gets more emergency preparedness funding

The city will receive $25,000 for more emergency operations training
CN Centre was turned into an evacuation centre for people forced to flee their homes during the wildfires of 2018.

Prince George is one of the communities benefiting from more funding to support and enhance the work of local emergency operations centres.

Nearly $3 million through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) will go to more than 100 local governments and First Nations throughout B.C.

The funding will assist in purchasing and installing equipment and supplies to maintain or improve emergency operations centres (EOCs) as well as training and exercises to increase capacity.

Prince George will receive $25,000 for EOC training/exercises; equipment modernization and EOC process improvement.

Other local governments in the region have also received funding.

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District received $29,902.22 for a crisis communications workshop, EOC discussion-based exercise and equipment.

The Cariboo Regional District received $7,280.05 for EOC mobilization equipment and training.

Fort St. James received $30,000 for a community centre portable generator.

The Fraser-Fort George Regional District received $30,000 for EOC communications and training improvements.

Vanderhoof also received $29,995.79 for EOC training and development.

"We know significant costs are associated with emergency planning, mitigation, response and recovery for communities - including at local emergency operations centres. Emergency operations centres are the hub of response and recovery during an emergency, staffed by our hard-working partners in local governments and First Nations," said Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.

Since it was established in 2017, approximately $116 million through CEPF has been approved for First Nations and local governments for almost 1,500 projects that help communities mitigate and prepare for disasters and climate-related emergencies.