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Additional Emergency Program Funding

/ 97.3 The Eagle

The B-C government says it’s putting an additional 15 million dollars into emergency programs this year. Naomi Yamamoto — the minister of state for emergency preparedness — says the 80 million dollars being set aside this year comes from the B-C’s budget surplus and money in its emergency preparedness fund. Last year, the government spent 65 million dollars on the programs, which help the province cope with floods, fires, earthquakes and other such disasters. Bill Adams of the Insurance Bureau of Canada says it’s been estimated that a major earthquake in southern B-C could cause about 75 billion dollars worth of damage.

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