Wellness, Housing and Unmet Needs
The Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness (EMCR) announced the week of November 27 that Emergency Services Support (ESS) has been extended to January 15, 2024.
The CSRD has been actively working to find supportive temporary housing options for residents. The CSRD held a case management conference on November 30 to help find longer term supports for the last residents receiving ESS support. Temporary accommodations are available at the Sorrento Center, where ESS-supported residents will be given priority for housing.
The CSRD Recovery Manager continues to have discussions with the North Shuswap Disaster Relief Society, United Way, and Samaritan's Purse to help get funds to people in need and to acquire additional donations and funds for supporting residents within the community.
Make a donation
Financial support is still needed for displaced and uninsured residents in the North Shuswap. If you would like to donate, the Shuswap Community Foundation has an Emergency Response Fund to support the communities affected by the Bush Creek East wildfire. Donations can be made to the Shuswap Community Foundation by e-transfer, cheque, in person at any branch of the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union (SASCU) or online through CanadaHelps.
Money from the foundation is being distributed through the North Shuswap Disaster Relief Society, which is a group of local North Shuswap residents formed to help connect those in need with the funds and services to help.
The North Shuswap Disaster Relief Society has an application form available on their website for those looking for support. The society will work with those most in need to ensure those affected by the wildfire will be warm, safe and fed through the winter. Those looking to apply should be aware that contributions will be paid directly to suppliers. There are no cash grants paid directly to applicants.
Communications & After-Action Review
Plans are in development for post-wildfire public engagement to give citizens a chance to have input and make suggestions to the CSRD. This information will be used to help inform an After-Action Review of the event, so emergency response measures can be learned from and improved upon. The review will include workshops, a survey and some one-on-one interviews.
A communications working group has been formed to work on providing information and responding to community needs and requests.
Funding requests for these projects are still awaiting approval from the Province. Once approvals are in place, the CSRD intends to move forward with these plans in the New Year.