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Yale Historic Site gets disaster preparedness grant

$17,000 will be used to plan for the safety of people along with historic buildings and artifacts
The 1870 Creighton House is one of the structures that would be in danger during a natural disaster. (Yale Historic Site photo)

The Yale Historic Site has received a $17,000 grant that will help with the development of a disaster risk reduction and preparedness plan.

The money is through the Time Immemorial grant program.

The Province of British Columbia Heritage Site is home to the 1870 Creighton House, 1863 St. John the Divine church, and the 1880 Johnny Ward House, along with a ‘Tent City’ which aims to transport visitors back to 19th century life.

“The Yale Historic Site also hosts a beautiful collection of First Nations baskets, Gold Rush, Chinese and pioneer artifacts, textiles, railway exhibits, and pieces donated by the former All Hallows girls school,” said Operations Manager Margaret Stubson. “These collections are priceless and showcase the unique history of Yale, the Fraser Canyon and the province itself.”

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The intent of the disaster risk reduction and preparedness plan, according to project coordinator Shaun Koopman, would be to assess and manage risk, protect human life, safeguard artifacts and recover from a disaster.

“As we face the complex stresses of the 21st century it is crucial that disaster planning and risk reduction permeates the culture of all organizations,” he said. “Creating this plan will train museum personnel, governing authority members, and stakeholders on their roles within it to ensure the museum is better equipped to handle even the worst-case scenarios.”

Koopman said there will be no disruptions to Yale Historic Site operations during the project, and the Johnny Ward Guest House will still be available to book for year-round accommodation. The Creighton House museum will be open between May 1 and Oct. 15.

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