Eligible B.C. flood evacuees to receive $2,000 in direct support

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The B.C. government announced Tuesday that the eligible the eligible evacuees will receive $2,000 in direct support as the province is teaming up with the Canadian Red Cross to provide additional financial assistance to help people meet the immediate needs associated with being evacuated due to flooding.

“Financial assistance will be provided by the Red Cross to people whose primary residences have been placed on evacuation orders due to the flooding and extreme weather event that occurred Nov. 14-16, 2021. Eligible households will receive $2,000,” the B.C. government said in a statement.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said “British Columbians have faced each new challenge over the last few years with compassion and generosity, whether it’s the flooding we’re facing now, to COVID-19 and wildfires.”

Farnworth further added “The Canadian Red Cross is a trusted partner and together we will be able to get supports out to affected people and communities as quickly as possible.”

To access these supports, evacuated British Columbians need to register with the Red Cross by calling 1 800 863-6582, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time).

The Canadian Red Cross works with the Province, local authorities and Indigenous leadership to help all people and communities affected by extreme weather and flooding in British Columbia.

Pat Quealey, vice-president, British Columbia and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross, said “The Canadian Red Cross is grateful for the trust and support of the Province of British Columbia and is committed to ensuring this much-needed assistance reaches people who were evacuated from their primary homes.”

“Our humanitarian workforce has been activated to support response efforts in some of the hardest hit communities, and the Red Cross will be there to assist people impacted by these floods, now and in the weeks and months to come,” Quealey added.

Meanwhile, the B.C. Government also added that financial assistance provided through the Red Cross will not affect eligibility for supports through the provincial Emergency Support Services (ESS) program.

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