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Smithers and Telkwa receive funding for heat preparedness

Thirty six communities across the province have received funding to prepare for extreme heat.

This includes Smithers and Telkwa for a Heat emergency resiliency project which received $56,713.

According to the province, this will help communities implement extreme heat projects and strategies like extreme heat risk mapping, risk assessments, extreme heat response plans and climate adaptation planning.

Almost $1.9 million in funding was provided to these communities.

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The fund is administered through Union of BC Municipalities and supports programs that strengthen the resilience of First Nations and local governments.

The province said that in the event of a heat warning or extreme heat emergency, the province and communities will take appropriate actions based on their individual heat plans and processes.

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