Thursday May 26, 2011
City Hall News
Chilliwack Emergency Social Services receives funding from FCC for ESS trailers
Release and photo courtesy of Starlee Renton, PR, City of Chilliwack
Councillor Stewart McLean (centre) checks out the tent cots which are stored in the new emergency trailers.
Emergency Social Services (ESS) Program is benefitting from a Farm Credit Canada
(FCC) AgriSprit grant. The $11,250 grant, along with public donations, has been
used for two trailers that will allow ESS volunteers to be able to look after
the needs of up to 150 evacuees or people needing shelter, food and clothing in
the event of an emergency or disaster.
"The City of Chilliwack would like to thank Farm Credit Canada for this emergency preparedness funding," said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. "These trailers will allow us to quickly deliver emergency support directly to those in need."
The trailers will give the ESS team the opportunity to set up a group lodging shelter at whatever facility may be available. Additionally, neighbouring local authorities will be able to utilize these mobile group lodging trailers for events in their jurisdictions.
"These trailers will provide an increased capacity to shelter people evacuated from their homes due to the effects of an emergency, "said Jim MacDonald, Chilliwack Emergency Program Coordinator. "Group lodging provides immediate relief and allows evacuees a chance to focus on their personal recovery plans."
In the event of an emergency or disaster, volunteer organizations that constitute the Chilliwack Emergency Program will manage the designated group lodging sites. Emergency Social Services, Emergency Communications, St. John's Ambulance and the Salvation Army are prepared to step forward should the need arise.
"The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities," said Vanessa Watmough, FCC Customer Service representative. "The work that the Chilliwack Fire Department has done to establish the Mobile Group Lodging project will help make life a little easier for those going through a difficult time. It's this kind of positive community spirit that we're proud to support at FCC."
About FCC: As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $19.7 billion and 17 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry.
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