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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association getting $25,000 for emergency communications

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KELOWNA - When a fire breaks out, constant, up-to-date communication is key. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association recently received a large amount of money to update and expand its communication abilities during emergencies.

The B.C. government announced it was providing $200,000 in one-time grants to support regional destination marketing organizations' emergency preparedness. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is receiving $25,000.

Funding can be used to create a set of communication tools, emergency management training, and enable real-time information sharing using tourism databases.

“On behalf of the Thompson Okanagan Region, we applaud the Province in recognizing the importance of improving our crisis management and in providing emergency management funds in order to make this a reality,” said Glenn Mandziuk, president and CEO of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, in a press release. “In a short time, we will announce the addition of a crisis management co-ordinator in the Thompson Okanagan to work closely with our other regional partners. Through this process, we envision accurate, timely and concise information will be more readily available to residents and tourists alike during emergency situations.”

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