District of Squamish and Resort Municipality of Whistler have both signed agreements with the Canadian Red Cross that will enable them to better provide immediate assistance for people impacted by fires, landslides, floods or other emergencies.
Under these new agreements, Red Cross will build local teams of trained volunteers that will be ready to support their communities immediately after small-scale disasters affecting up to 25 people in Squamish or Whistler.
“This service agreement offers many direct benefits for Squamish and will augment the strength of our volunteer resources to improve the capacity of emergency response in the Corridor,” said District of Squamish Mayor Patricia Heintzman.
“Partnering with such a well-recognized and respected organization as the Canadian Red Cross connects us to an extensive network of resources and experience. This is a great opportunity for our community.”
The service agreement to deliver Emergency Social Service (ESS) Level 1 between Squamish and the Canadian Red Cross is for one year. Red Cross will provide ESS support to the Resort Municipality of Whistler for two years.
“We are pleased to have signed an agreement with the Canadian Red Cross to provide disaster relief services for minor emergencies in Whistler,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “This agreement will enhance the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s capacity to respond to emergencies of all sizes, save money, and support our community’s recovery after a disaster.”
“We look forward to partnering with Squamish and Whistler to help make sure local residents get access to food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification services in the aftermath of a disaster,” said Elysia Dempsey, Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management.