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The BC Government yesterday declared a province-wide state of emergency due to recent flooding and landslide events that have had serious impacts on many First Nations communities.
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) recognizes that a number of First Nations communities in BC have been significantly impacted by these recent weather-related events, and is working with federal, provincial, and regional partners and First Nations leadership to ensure that impacted communities receive access to supports that meet their current and future health needs.
The FNHA and our partners provide culturally safe and trauma-informed mental health and cultural supports to First Nations people in BC. Many of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
FNHA emergency preparedness and response supports
Evacuation orders, alerts, and other important information for your area
If you do not have a doctor or have lost access, call the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day toll-free at 1-855-344-3800. The service is culturally safe and available seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you are unable to access health benefits or medical supplies and equipment due to flooding or evacuation, please call First Nations Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454.
Read the BC Government news release about the declaration of a provincial state of emergency announced yesterday.