Recovery Update -- January 25, 2018
As the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and its business owners move from response to recovery after a devastating wildfire season, the TNRD is taking a series of steps to help businesses with that recovery process. After the wildfires had subsided and residents were allowed to return, the TNRD took immediate steps to help property owners quickly dispose of fire-damaged materials. This included temporarily waiving disposal fees for fridges/freezers and food; coordinating pickup of fridges/freezers; setting up temporary disposal locations for debris; and offering one-on-one assistance to landowners.
Now, the TNRD is looking to help business owners who were adversely affected by the economics with the recovery process. This was accomplished through multiple community engagement sessions, data collection to facilitate in the quantification of economic loss in the region, a survey of existing programs and support, a gap analysis and recommendations for support programs going forward.
A significant finding in the report was the need for businesses to have easier access to information on programs in place to support businesses. An initial step that has been taken has been the creation of a Summary of Economic Recovery Programs, even in advance of the full report being finalized. This summary can be found here.
Once the full report has been finalized, it will be posted on this website.
Recovery is the restoration, re-development, and /or rehabilitation of facilities, livelihoods, and living conditions of economically impacted populations to a level that meets, or in some cases improves upon, the original condition.
The TNRD is looking to help business owners who were adversely affected with a meaningful recovery process. To date, this has included multiple community engagement sessions throughout the TNRD in the communities of Clearwater, Clinton, Ashcroft and Cache Creek, data collection to facilitate the quantification of economic loss in the region, a survey of existing programs and supports, and a gap analysis and recommendations for support programs moving forward.
The province of British Columbia has identified the scope of recovery and associated activities under the following foundational components: People, Economy, Environment and Reconstruction. For the purpose of this initiative the scope is Economy, which is defined as: “to nurture an environment that supports the rehabilitation of and reinvestment in disrupted economies and businesses”. Therefore, if you are a business owner, who was negatively impacted by the 2017 TNRD wildfires, we want to hear from you.
This work being undertaken by the TNRD to support businesses is in addition to other initiatives already underway including a dedicated Recovery Manager to support the residents and property owners in the Regional District who were impacted by the wildfires this summer.