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Hotline help for business owners in wildfire areas

(Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130, Photo)
Summary

The hotline will run for two weeks from Monday, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Business owners will be asked questions over the hotline that will help distinguish the business' and community's needs

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – Business owners impacted by the wildfires around the province are getting some help. A new hotline is being set up to answer their questions and help them move forward.

Business owners will be asked questions over the hotline that will help distinguish the business’ and community’s short and long-term needs.

“Are their employees being taken care of, do they have insurance? Those types of things. And, then to find out what are those immediate needs so we try to direct them to some appropriate resources,” says Dale Wheeldon with the British Columbia Economic Development Association.

The information will then be shared with the communities, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Futures British Columbia, the Province of British Columbia, Chambers of Commerce and others to help them plan as the community moves forward.

The BCEDA is establishing the hotline with FortisBC.

“Business owners are highly resilient, but we want to ensure that they have access to the necessary information to help them move forward,” says Wheeldon. “Every community, regional district and First Nation are important to BC and we do everything we can to support them and their local economies.”

The line will be up and running for two weeks from Monday, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. That could be extended depending on if help is still needed.

The number for the hotline is 1-877-4BC-EDRP (1-877-422-3377).