FVRD Preparing For Emergencies

The Fraser Valley Regional District received $24,400 from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund’s Emergency Operations Centres and Training (EOC) stream after completing a project to equip a secondary EOC in Hope. The current EOC funding intake, closing on February 1, 2019, provides an opportunity for other local governments and Treaty First Nations to receive funds to enhance their EOC capacity.

The FVRD applied for first intake funds to strengthen their region’s emergency response capacity. Their primary EOC operates out of Chilliwack but if the city was damaged during an incident, the backup secondary EOC enables the FVRD to organize their emergency response from the Hope Recreation Centre. Equipped with new laptops, white boards, portable radios and position boards, this secondary EOC will expand the FVRD’s capacity to support more communities by sharing these additional resources with other communities.

Local governments across the province have successfully applied for equipment such as generators, communications equipment, position vests, display equipment, and transportation and storage trailers to make their EOC’s portable. Some are building an EOC-in-a-box that will be stored in plastic bins, to be deployed in Council chambers when needed.  Other communities have bolstered their EOC capacity with staff training and mock EOC exercises.

The EOC program guide and application materials are available on the UBCM website. Funding is to a maximum of $25,000 and the deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.

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