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Port Moody awarded $24K to advance emergency preparedness training

The provincial funds are set to aid in volunteer recruitment and other programs for quicker responses.
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Emergency preparedness kit. | File photo

Port Moody is getting a boost to better recruit and equip local volunteers in the event of a disaster.

The city has been granted almost $24,000 to help kickstart a training program with the goal of better responses during an emergency, known as the Capstone of Learning project.

It's a piece of a $3.2-million pie from B.C.'s community emergency preparedness funding today (July 7).

Port Moody was one 84 First Nations and local governments the money was distributed to, which will also help improve emergency operations centres across the province.

"Every community has different needs and challenges when it comes to disaster preparedness," said B.C. public safety minister and solicitor general Mike Farnworth in a news release — also the MLA for Port Coquitlam.

"That’s why the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund is a great way for us to help First Nations and local authorities – because they know what projects and initiatives will best help them improve their emergency preparedness and response."

The Capstone of Learning project in Port Moody is receiving an exact total of $23,802.

According to the province, Budget 2022 provides $2.1 billion to strengthen defences to make sure people and communities are protected from disasters.

Since 2017, communities throughout B.C. have been able to apply for funding through this program for local priority projects that are designed to help mitigate and prepare for disasters and climate-related emergencies.

For more information on Port Moody's emergency preparedness plan, you can visit the city's website.