P.G. Praised for Handling of Wildfire Emergency
Prince George, B.C. – During the peak of the evacuations from the Cariboo, Prince George welcomed and provided services to more than 10 thousand people, it was a herculean effort which is gaining praise for the City, the volunteers and Mayor Lyn Hall.
Prince George City Council has received two letters of thank you from evacuees. One from four Chiefs of the NStQ Treaty Group in Wiliams Lake, the other from the Chair of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Disaster Relief Committee.
.A number of people who had travelled to Prince George for a Jehovah’s Witnesses convention, were stranded here when their communities were evacuated . DRC Chair Dale Johnson wrote “Thank you for the care and concern you showed when visiting our evacuee site.”
The NStQ Chiefs wrote “The wildfire situation has been and still remains a very challenging time for our members. Welcoming our people into your community and looking after them made their stay away from home much easier to deal with. While it is impossible to know every person who has provided care to our NStQ community members, we would like to extend our appreciation to them and ask that you widely share this letter with those who have helped.
We greatly appreciate all the help that you have provided and continue to provide in this time of uncertainty.”
Mayor Lyn Hall has received praise from his Council colleagues for his tireless efforts during the crisis “You were one of the faces of support in our community” said Councillor Brian Skakun “There were so many people who saw you at different venues, you took the time to talk to people in parking lots, the mall, it didn’t matter where it was.”
Mayor Hall says Prince George’s efforts have set a new bar for emergency operations ” It was a tremendous amount of work.” He said the Emergency Operations team deserves credit “That entire group and many in administration staff, really did an unbelievable job for the evacuees during the entire process.”
The services provided to the evacuees amounted to running a city within a city. The effort so effective, Prince George was visited by other emergency operations ” We had Red Cross from across the country, people from Dawson Creek and Terrace and people from all over the Cariboo and the southern part of the province (came here) to take a look at what we were doing, and I think we really set the mark and set the template for what can be used in , God forbid, future disasters and that was really important.”