Extreme heat funding has been distributed across the province, with some coming to the Cariboo region.
Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, and Quesnel will be some of the recipients of the funding, where they will split a total of $89,800.
“It’s a three way split between the three communities, so that we can all use the same methodology to come up with a asset mapping and planning guide for extreme heat events.” says Beth Veenkamp, Manager of Economic Development for the City of Williams Lake.
The mapping will allow the City to assess each community to see which ones are most vulnerable to extreme heat. This will allow the City to know where to go to make sure people are ok, and get to cooling centres.
The reason why the City of Williams Lake chose to do his as a co-project, is so emergency services all have the same information in the same format provided to them when there is an extreme heat event.
Nazko First Nation and Xeni Gwet’in First Nation will both receive their own funding. Nazko will get $30,000 for extreme heat risk mapping, and Xeni Gwet’in will get $29,920 for Heat resiliency and climate adaptation.
Veenkamp says the City will begin the process of the project sometime this fall, with it needing to be completed by September next year.