Pemberton to seek funding for emergency operations centre upgrade 

'We want to up our game when it comes to emergency planning,' says Mayor

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Pemberton councillors voiced their support for a funding application to upgrade the Village of Pemberton's (VOP) emergency operations centre (EOC) during a Jan. 22 council meeting. The centre is headquartered in Council Chambers (7400 Prospect St.).

The VOP is seeking the funds through the Union of BC Municipalities' Community Emergency Preparedness Fund.

The grant has a limit of $25,000, so the VOP would be required to contribute $2,045 to cover the remaining costs of the project, which is budgeted at $27,045.

Purchases would essential include communications equipment, computer workstations with required software, office supplies and a generator for back-up power.

"As I've said before, we want to up our game when it comes to emergency planning," said Pemberton Mayor Mike Richman.

"This would be our EOC in the event of a smaller, localized emergency, and we're currently not equipped for it," continued Richman, adding that localized flooding or mudslides are possible issues it would help the community respond to.

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