Quadra Circle has received a $25,000 emergency preparedness and response grant from United Way BC.
Quadra Circle will now have more contractors and volunteers to respond quickly to help at-risk seniors during extreme weather events thanks to the funding.
The volunteers will distribute portable air conditioners, fans and generators, clear snow from driveways and fix frozen water lines.
“Through this pilot program, we will strengthen existing community partnerships and develop new ones with organizations, businesses and individuals who want to do something practical to impact the effects of seniors isolation and extreme weather on our island,” said Quadra Circle president Maureen McDowell.
Quadra Circle’s preparedness and educational activities will also include subsidized services for wildfire prevention and weatherproofing for low-income seniors.
“I admire the tenacity and progressiveness of all of those involved in this collaborative grassroots project,” said Strathcona Regional District’s protective services coordinator Shaun Koopman.