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ʔAkisq ̓nuk to shore up emegency operations

ʔAkisq ̓nuk First Nation will enhance its Emergency Operation Centre thanks to a $30,000 grant from the B.C. government.

The grant is part of the provincial government distribution of $2.7 million to 80 local and Indigenous government projects.

“As we move into the wildfire season, we know that many communities may need to activate their emergency operations centres (EOC) to respond and support people in their areas,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness.

“Local emergency operations centres are crucial for co-ordinating emergency response to keep people safe. This funding will help communities support responders on the ground and better protect people in emergency situations.”

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This funding can be used for several kinds of emergency-preparedness initiatives, including supplies and training.

“This funding will enhance the Akisqnuk First Nation community and staff to strengthen emergency-management education and response for both minor and major emergency situations,” said Thomas Dobbin, emergency program co-ordinator for Akisqnuk First Nation.

“This initiative aims to foster greater collaboration and training opportunities with neighbouring local governments.”

The money comes from the province’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which is aimed at helping local governments prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate-related emergencies.

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