B.C. provides $500,000 for emergency response in Japan

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond announced
today that the Province will provide $500,000 to the Red Cross in support of
emergency relief efforts in Japan.

  • Mar. 22, 2011 7:00 p.m.

As a result of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck near

the East Coast of Honshu on March 10, thousands of residents in Japan are without

the basic necessities: food, shelter and clothing.

With this provincial funding, the Canadian Red Cross will provide much-needed

emergency materials to those in need in Japan, including medical supplies,

blankets, food and water.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond:

“British Columbia has a history of supporting countries that face catastrophic

events and these funds will help provide immediate medical and emergency support

for the people of Japan during this terrible tragedy. We are also encouraging all

British Columbians to consider reaching out through aid agencies like the Red Cross

to provide further help.”

Kimberley Nemrava, provincial director, Canadian Red Cross:

“The Canadian Red Cross is very grateful for this support from the B.C. Government

to the relief efforts in Japan. The provincial government is a strong partner for

our work throughout the province, and we know we can count on B.C. for our

international Red Cross work. In the recent past, we have received generous

contributions from the B.C. Government for Red Cross relief efforts after the Asian

Tsunami in 2004, the earthquake in Sichuan, China in 2008 and last year’s

earthquake in Haiti.”

Learn More:

To learn more about the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Japan or to make a

donation visit: www.redcross.ca or call 1 800 418-1111