PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows and the Katzie First Nation have been awarded $36,000 for emergency supplies as part of a joint Emergency Support Services (ESS) grant. This grant was provided through the province’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund designed to support local communities’ capacity to provide emergency support services. The grant will be used to fund emergency mass care and group lodging supplies for the Katzie First Nation and the City of Pitt Meadows.
“Funding supports like this are enormously helpful to increase ESS emergency response capacity in Pitt Meadows,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “We are grateful to work collaboratively with the Katzie and know this joint grant will go a long way to help ensure the safety of both of our communities.”
The City and the Katzie First Nation currently collaborate on the ESS program, with the goal to have independent ESS teams and resources in the future. The grant funding will allow for an additional emergency trailer and supplies so that emergency response can be more efficiently distributed in the event of a crisis.
“We are proud of all the work to date and recently to improve emergency planning and preparedness,” says Katzie First Nation Chief Grace George. “Our goal is to ensure our communities can function independently or collaboratively in the event of an emergency, and this grant will help get us closer to that goal.”
The ESS program is administered by local governments with the help of local volunteers to provide essential short-term resources to residents in the event of an emergency like a house fire, flood, or earthquake. Supports can include food, clothing, group lodging, family reunification, emotional support and more, depending on the scale of the emergency.
For more information about Pitt Meadows ESS, visit pittmeadows.ca/ess.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows