PITT MEADOWS, BC – The City of Pitt Meadows and the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation have been awarded a $50,000 Emergency Support Services (ESS) grant to assist vulnerable residents during an emergency. This joint-grant was provided through the province’s UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund.
“Last year’s emergencies including the pandemic, heat dome and atmospheric rivers, which resulted in localized flooding, demonstrate the importance of being prepared,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “This funding is critical to providing the equipment and training necessary to ensure the safety and needs of vulnerable populations in our communities during future extreme weather events and other emergencies.”
The City of Pitt Meadows and q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation have continuously been building their emergency plans and are now looking specifically at the needs of the community's most vulnerable population, which includes those living with disabilities.
This grant will fund planning for a specialized reception centre with resources and equipment to assist and look after anyone with disabilities or living with vulnerabilities such as taking medications, using oxygen or CPAP machines.
“We are proud of this inclusive emergency response project in collaboration with the City of Pitt Meadows, specifically the leadership of Barbara Morgan,” says q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation Chief Grace George. “This joint project will ensure the safety and compassionate care of our most vulnerable community members in both of our communities.”
The ESS program is administered by local governments with the help of 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 or to volunteer with Pitt Meadows ESS, visit pittmeadows.ca/ess.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows