KOOTENAYS, B.C – A new study aims to shed light on how rural B.C residents are preparing for climate change.

The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute is inviting residents of Cranbrook, Golden, Nelson, Silverton, Slocan Valley, and the rural Fruitvale area to respond to the online survey.
The goal is to understand how well prepared residents are for natural disasters brought climate change.

“This information will help us get a snapshot in our region that shows the level of local backyard food production and self-sufficiency and the level of emergency preparedness in Area ‘A’,” said Janine Dougall, General Manager of Environmental Services with the RDKB. “Once we have more data from the research the RDI is doing for us, we can plan the next steps to help residents become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.”

The link to the survey can be found here.