BC Wildfires: Rebuilding Communities
Hundreds of wildfires are raging across our province and, for the second year in a row, the B.C. government has declared a state of emergency. Last year, more than 65,000 residents were displaced.
The Vancouver Island Construction Association, our regional partners, and the BC Construction Association are coming together in support of the communities being ravaged by the wildfires across the province. Our industry is strong, and we are here to help the people of British Columbia now and in the future when it comes time to rebuild.
We encourage you to donate what you can to the Red Cross BC Fires Appeal to support their relief efforts, and show them that Canadian construction cares. The provincial government will be matching all Canadian Red Cross donations, up to 20 million until October 12th, to help those affected by B.C. wildfires. Funds raised will ensure that, when imminent danger is no longer present, members of these communities will be supported in their efforts to rebuild.
The Red Cross is not the only group that people can donate to if they would like to help. Donations are also being accepted through the following organizations:
Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is also in desprate need of turn-key equipment, such as kitchen cars or wash cars, to support wildfire suppression effots. Equipment is needed in all areas of British Columbia, with an urgent need in northeastern Vancouver Island in the Woss area in Nimpkish Valley.
If you are able to loan turn-key camp equipment to EMBC, please email us.
As of August 23, there are 465 active wildfires across British Columbia.