B.C. evacuees can now get emergency funding through electronic transfers from the province
British Columbians forced to evacuate their homes during emergencies such as fires, floods and earthquakes will receive emergency funds faster than before as the province uses e-transfer to distribute cash. money for things like food and clothing to evacuees.
Announced on Wednesday, July 27, this upgrade will quickly get money into evacuees’ bank accounts so they can buy the things they need, reducing pressure on evacuees and suppliers of goods. , said the province.
British Columbians will need to register online for this service using their BC Services Card app.
This electronic transfer tool is part of the government’s plan to upgrade the digital system for emergency assistance services, which was initially launched in May 2020.
Local authorities and First Nations will continue to lead evacuation plans and administer frontline support, so the province is working with communities to implement the new system.
On average, 30,000 people use emergency support services each year, and the province said that number was higher during the 2021 fires and floods. In previous large-scale evacuations, reception centers Emergency responders struggled to meet the needs of evacuees, leading to long lines and delays.
Emergency Support Services provided hard-copy referral support to specific vendors and the system upgrade will help the province pay vendors for essential goods faster.
Evacuees may also receive funds for other needs, such as temporary housing for people who have no other options. According to the government statement, those with other support through insurance or staying with friends and family will continue to use those options first.
In the announcement, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said it was important that people register in advance.
“As part of emergency preparedness, I encourage everyone, especially in areas at risk of flooding and wildfires, to pre-register with the ESS [emergency support services] online using their BC Services Card app to log in. Doing this now will ensure you get the support you need quickly, in case of an emergency.
Residents can register for emergency electronic transfer funding through an online emergency support services application. To access the application, residents must log in with their British Columbia Services Card application.
Individuals who have not yet set up their ID on the BC Services Card app will need to verify their identity through a video call or in person at a BC Services location.