Verne Tom photographs a wildfire burning approximately 20km southwest of Fort St. James, B.C., on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
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B.C.’s Ministry of Public Safety has approved approximately $1.5 million in funding for evacuation route planning to 60 local and regional governments and First Nations communities.Each of the communities and governments will be receiving up to $25,000 each through the province’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, bringing the total granted successful applicants all over the province to more than $17 million since September 2017.That’s just over halfway to the $33.5-million allocated by the government to help communities prepare for and respond to disasters.“We can’t predict exactly when a disaster may hit, but we can help our partners prepare so that if people have to be evacuated, they’re doing so in the safest, best way possible,” said Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. “Investing in communities and people is top of mind, and this is another step toward ensuring people’s safety in the event of a large-scale emergency situation.”North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice adds that the funding appears especially necessary after several years of devastating floods and wildfires.“The programs and projects announced today will help make our cities and towns more resilient,” said Rice. “On the heels of two of the worst flood and wildfire seasons in our province’s history, we need to work together to help our communities prepare for emergencies so they are better positioned to respond and recover.”CEPF funding is divided into five streams:* Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping and Flood Mitigation Planning* Emergency Social Services* Emergency Operations Centres and Training* Structural Flood Mitigation* Evacuation RoutesFor communities interested in applying for funding from this program, the next deadline, via the structural flood mitigation stream, is Oct. 25, email@example.comFollow @harrisonmooneyCLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.