By The Canadian Press
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities is helping communities across the province prepare for emergencies.
The organization has served and represented the interests of local governments in B.C. since 1905 and has recently earmarked $ 33.5 million dollars for emergency preparedness funding to be handed out in five funding initiatives.
Cash for the first three have now been released, covering everything from flood mapping and flood mitigation planning to improvements in emergency social services and additional equipment and supplies for emergency operations centres.
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the funds will help the most vulnerable communities as the province moves into what he says could be "another incredibly taxing spring flood season."