Kudos For P.G.’s People and the Evacuation Centre
Prince George, B.C. – As the City of Prince George welcomes thousands of people forced from their homes by wildfires in the Cariboo, the people of Prince George are getting a thumbs up. Assistant Deputy Minister for Emergency Management B.C. , Robert Turner, visited the Emergency Evacuation Centre in Prince George over the weekend, “Just a tremendous support from the community, from people who are taking in billeting, people who are working in the reception centres and supporting the group lodging. This is a very difficult and sometimes traumatic event for the people impacted by the fires, and I just want to acknowledge how much tremendous work and support is being done by people across British Columbia.”
It was just a little over a week ago that Prince George learned it would be an evacuation centre for those forced from their homes. In that time, the city has welcomed more than 7,000 evacuees and organized hundreds of volunteers. The businesses and organizations in the community have come forward with offers and assistance for the evacuees.
“I am so proud of the community for how we’ve stepped up” says Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall. “Actually, it’s a pretty humbling experience to see the outpouring of support. I knew it would happen, but we have really stepped up and done the job, so I am extremely proud of the community.”
Mayor Hall says everyone has been so helpful, “It’s just the make up and the thread of the community and you put the call out and people are there in droves. In one respect it’s a tough time of the year because people are on holidays, but in another respect, this has happened at a time when we can provide accommodation in our schools, if we need more facilities for accommodation, they are available.”