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BC Flood and Wildfire Review calls for greater integration between emergency management and local, First Nations communities

Independent review releases 108 recommendations to improve flood and wildfire emergency management in BC

/EIN News/ -- Vancouver, B.C., May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the BC Flood and Wildfire Review releases the results of its independent review and public engagement process. A key finding from the review’s work was a call for greater focus on prevention and preparedness.

“We heard from people across the province a need to increase efforts to prepare for, prevent and mitigate flood and wildfire events before they happen,” said Chief Maureen Chapman, co-chair of the BC Flood and Wildfire Review. “A key component of that is integrating local and First Nations community members, and their knowledge, into the emergency management process.”

The BC Flood and Wildfire Review met with members of the public in communities most affected by 2017’s floods and wildfires, as well as with local and First Nations governments and stakeholders to develop a series of recommendations. The review provided all British Columbians with an opportunity to provide their feedback through an online and written submission process.

“Climate change is having a profound impact on British Columbia, and in 2017 we saw an example of the type of severe weather events we’re in store for” said co-chair George Abbott. “We are proposing a substantial departure from existing practices to help combat this new reality for our province.”

The BC Flood and Wildfire Review submitted its final report to The Province of B.C. on April 30, 2018. The report and its executive summary will be released publicly the afternoon of Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Hilary Farson
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