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Over $3 million announced for seismic improvements
As part of over $80 million announced today, the Province is investing over $3 million in funding to support emergency management and preparedness projects will increase the overall resiliency of British Columbia.
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction – $1.9 million
This project will create seismic hazard maps, which detail the threats of earthquake shaking and potential for liquefaction and landslides in multiple Metro Vancouver municipalities. Emergency program coordinators and municipalities will be able to use the information generated by this project to inform emergency planning and land-use decisions, and to support the prioritization of mitigation efforts for buildings and other infrastructure.
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) – $500,000
This funding will help create a training program for APEGBC members to make it easier to access their professional assistance and, in turn, better protect the overall safety of British Columbians in the aftermath and recovery phase of a catastrophic seismic event. This $500,000 project will support the delivery of post-earthquake building assessment training for qualified professionals, such as inspectors, engineers, architects, and those identified as post-earthquake administrators. The goal of the project is to create a professional community with the specialized skills to provide post-earthquake structural assessments and aid in the immediate response and recovery efforts of all levels of government.
Strathcona Regional District – $500,000
This funding will provide seismic upgrades to the Quadra Island Community Centre, which serves as the area’s Emergency Operations Centre during catastrophic emergencies.
City of Vancouver – $100,000
In order to help prepare for an earthquake, the Province is providing Vancouverites with the means to help themselves. This funding will empower Vancouver neighbourhoods through an expansion of the disaster-support hub pilot project to prepare for the ever-present threat of earthquakes. Disaster-support hubs are designated locations where the public can initially gather to coordinate your efforts and offer assistance to other members of your community.
Science World (City of Vancouver) – $25,000
Funds will allow Science World to waive admission during national Emergency Preparedness Week in May when it hosts Lower Mainland students and helps to educate them through presentations and interactive learning materials about the importance of being prepared for natural disasters.
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