Almost 400 volunteers sign up to help evacuees

Alex Whatman, in the black shirt on the left, is one of about 50 Salvation Army volunteers preparing food daily for evacuees and volunteers at CNC. City of Prince George photo

In the first day of operations, the City of Prince George’s Volunteer PG Centre, which is being managed by Volunteer PG, registered 387 new volunteers.

Since the beginning of the recent wildfire-caused evacuations of Cariboo communities, and the arrival in Prince George of the evacuees, roughly 1,400 people have registered as volunteers in the city. This number included those who have registered via the online form.

The city has also put 400 volunteers into its schedule for volunteer activity.

Prospective volunteers can visit the Centre in person, fill out a form on the City’s website, and contact the Volunteer PG Centre at 250-614-7835.

For the time being, the centre will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Number of registered wildfire evacuees approaching 7,000

As of late this morning, the total number of evacuees who have registered at the Emergency Reception Centre at the College of New Caledonia was 6,773 (5,404 adults and 1,369 children).

Included in this number:

  • 576 are in group lodging
  • 672 are in RV parking
  • 3,360 have found alternative accommodation
  • 587 have found commercial lodging

The installation of beds at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre was completed last night. The 400 additional beds installed in the field house bring to nearly 700 the total number of cots in the NSC.

The Salvation Army is using the cafeteria and the kitchen at CNC to provide food for evacuees and volunteers. The crew of 45 to 50 volunteers is serving about 250 at breakfast, 450 at lunch, and 500 for supper. They are also providing about 1,500 snacks throughout the day.

Thus far, the city has distributed roughly $667,910 in grocery vouchers.