Last updated: July 14, 2021
As a partner in health and wellness, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) works with communities and partners to respond to emergencies and events. The information below identifies supports available to BC First Nations Communities in response to local heat warnings issued by Environment Canada.
In addition to the supports below, please see the BC Centre for Disease Control's Guidance for Community Cooling Centres During B.C.'s Restart Plan for information on setting up a cooling centre.
Environmental Public Health Services (EPHS) are available by contacting your regional EPHS manager. They can provide support with:
Setting up cooling centres, advice on avoiding heat effects, and air quality concerns
Rental or purchase (if cost-effective) of air conditioning units or fans for Elders or others vulnerable to heat effects may be eligible for reimbursement:
EMBC Regional Office contacts:
South West Region: PREOC2.email@example.com
Central Region: PREOC3.firstname.lastname@example.org
South East Region: PREOC4.email@example.com
North East Region: PREOC5.firstname.lastname@example.org
North West Region: PREOC6.email@example.com
After hours, call the Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456 and ask to speak to the Regional Duty Manager for your area.
Access supports for commercial accommodation for Elders and vulnerable populations by contacting the ISC Duty officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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