Juan de Fuca Emergency Services are establishing a system which will introduce BC Interior fire evacuees to a host rural property owner in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.
The program will be offered to only those evacuees who have campers and motor homes that are completely self-contained.
Registered evacuees, working with EMBC (Emergency Management BC) will receive a free return ferry pass for themselves and their vehicle from B.C. Ferries. Free shower facilities will be offered at SEAPARC’s recreation facility, and the Sooke Community Association will supply free sani-dump service at their Sooke River Campground.
Host property owners will register with the JDF Emergency Services and will be matched-up with evacuees as they register with EMBC in the fire stricken areas.
“The JDF Emergency Services is looking forward to helping their interior neighbours,” said JDF Emergency Services Coordinator Jeri Grant. Al Wickheim, Otter Point community coordinator echoed his support, “We are proud to use our expertise and emergency network and offer tired and stressed evacuees a safe haven during their time of need.”
“I am extremely proud of our Emergency team for stepping-up and organizing this effort,” said JDF Regional Director Mike Hicks. “Our location on the Juan de Fuca Strait allows us to offer some of the cleanest, mostly smoke free air in British Columbia and we hope that a few or many evacuees will join us in these tough times.”
Persons with space and the willingness to offer a location on their property for one or more evacuee units are encouraged to phone 250 642 8106 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.