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CRD launches community liaison program

Oct 22, 2019

The Cariboo Regional District is launching a recovery- and resilience-building Community Liaison Program starting this fall. It is a regional emergency preparedness communication program to bring local knowledge into the CRD’s emergency operations and to bring emergency preparedness into communities.

The aim is to reduce risks by creating communications linkages between rural CRD communities and the local government. CRD residents indicated these areas needed improvement in the CRD’s 2017 Wildfire Community Consultations and the program builds on the learnings from those meetings and the subsequent report.

The CRD has hired Stephanie Masun to coordinate the Community Liaison Program over the next two years and transition it to a long-term CRD function. As the program coordinator, she will start working in the areas of the region with the fewest communication channels and progressively work across the Cariboo over the pilot period to engage and build capacity.

The main outcomes will be to build a network to support emergency communications at a local level.  And in turn, work with the network to promote emergency preparedness, to facilitate timely incident reporting and to build capacity for community-informed recovery planning.

As first steps to connect with area residents, Stephanie will be hosting an information table at the CRD’s upcoming information fair in Williams Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Cariboo Memorial Complex from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Come by the table to make sure you’re signed up for the region’s Emergency Notification System and to find out more about what you can do to organize and prepare your household for emergencies.

The Community Liaison program is funded by the Canadian Red Cross through their Community Partnership Program, BC Fires 2017.

To read a FAQ document and for more information about the community liaison program, visit the CRD website at cariboord.ca/emergency.

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