BC Strengthens Community Preparedness for Climate-Related Disasters
The Province of BC is providing $44 million to communities for emergency readiness projects under the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF).
Funding is for First Nations and local governments throughout BC and may be used toward:
- risk mapping, risk assessments and planning (such as the development of a hazard map);
- land-use planning (amendments to relevant plans, bylaws or policies);
- purchasing equipment (such as monitoring equipment);
- delivering community education; and
- small-scale structural projects.
These projects include the Adams Lake Indian Band’s Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Adaptation Project, Clearwater’s Emergency Backup Power, and many more across BC. The CEPF enhancement is a response to the increase in climate-related hazards, such as flooding, drought, wildfires and heat, and supports the Province’s Climate Preparedness and Adaption Strategy. Intake for the current Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Adaptation program stream is open until Oct. 6, 2023.