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.”
Considering the scope and the unknown PG came together and was very well organized in very short order and despite some hiccups and some learning curves nobody has missed a beat per se many evacuees were impressed at how quickly after they arrived that they were registered, placed and had vouchers for food in very short order
Keep up the good work people of PG nobody knows how long this will last but stay strong
Right on, Dearth, I too am proud to see Prince George stepping up, it’s been an incredible time.
I think our Mayor Lynn Hall is doing an excellent job communicating to the media and representing our City, thank you. :)
Yeah, I completely agree. Lynn Hall is a great representative for PG. Best Mayor we’ve had in ages.
Yesss the people in PG should pat themselves on their back. Watching social media, people helping each other find resources is AMAZING
As a volunteer, I also find it very rewarding to give back. We live in an amazing city! If you can volunteer, even for a few hours, people are still needed by the Sally Ann and other areas.
Born and raised in Victoria, we mover to Prince George in 1969, moved to Kamloops in 2003 and back to PG in 2008. Best city ever for volunteers and nice people.
Same thing moved up north in 1983 from Burnaby only knowing one person at that time. Learned a lot of things since living here…what married life would be like…what shoveling snow would be like…but more importantly the pride of being a true northener and the resilency of the citizens of this city. Helpfulness and true compassion to your fellow human being is truly remarkable!!
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