Thursday April 19, 2012

City Hall News


Federal gov't helps support City's emergency preparedness

Submitted by Meghan Hurst, Voodoo


unding from the Government of Canada will support the City of Chilliwack Emergency Preparedness Program. The Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) funding will be used to improve communication technologies in Chilliwack's alternate Emergency Operations Centre.


"Communication between emergency response agencies and the public is critical in the event of a large scale emergency or disaster situation," said Jim MacDonald, Chilliwack Emergency Operations Coordinator. "The new equipment this funding will provide will help facilitate this goal."

The $400 has allowed the Emergency Program to improve its radio systems, so that emergency responders and decision makers will not have to rely on telephones and existing first responder networks. These networks can be unreliable following a large scale emergency or disaster.

The Government of Canada contributes to emergency preparedness and critical infrastructure protection projects and initiatives. JEPP is sponsored by Public Safety Canada and administered provincially by Emergency Management BC.

The City of Chilliwack has an ongoing commitment to provide services to citizens in the event of an emergency or disaster. While the City has emergency plans in place for every possible emergency or natural disaster situation in Chilliwack, it is vital for each family to have an emergency plan as well. For more information about creating an emergency plan for your family and details on hazards in our area, please go to



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