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General · 20th March 2012
Betty Doak
Our recent power outage is a reminder of the need for emergency preparedness.

Quadra Emergency Program as part of the Strathcona RD emergency program has many trained volunteers, but there is still much to be done and various ways to help your community and yourself through its member agencies.
Quadra ESS practises to assist evacuees, whether a few from a single house fire or
thousands during an interface fire such has occurred in the Okanagan a few times in the last decade. They handle floods and earthquakes as well.
Discovery Amateur Radio Club ( DARC), newly established, is working on emergency communications in situations where the phones and internet fail and roads are blocked. In a major emergency the cell and phone systems tend to get overloaded quickly. DARC can help with achieving your ham radio license and radio prices are lower than ever.
Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness is very simply your neighbours and yourself being prepared to help each other if outside help is unavailable.
At its simplest it need only be a grab and go kit for each family member, a list of phone numbers and addresses and knowing who in your area has skills or handicaps.
It can also include a phone tree, a designated neighbourhood contact person, an amateur radio operator, and local mapping of resources, hazards and evacuation routes.
Quadra Island Fire Dept. is the oldest and most recognizable of our volunteer agencies and is always willing to train new members. It responded to 121 callouts in 2011.
Our other first responders, Police and Ambulance, work closely with our volunteer agencies in designated responses under Emergency Management BC .

If you are not able to volunteer you can still prepare. Quadra Emergency Program can help with advice and lists of emergency supplies to have on hand.
Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness, though not so named, has long been a practical necessity for those who live in remote communities like ours. Quadra is a fascinating mix of people coming from both city and rural backgrounds so don't wait to be introduced to your neighbours. More information on NEP coming soon.
The best way of getting the news is the celebrated Quadra Grapevine with nodes in the various coffee shops and pubs, but for those whose tendrils are not connected, here are some
Contact Numbers

Police, Fire, Ambulance call 911

Radio Stations
Campbell River
River 99.7FM
Cortes Island 89.5 FM
Courtenay Jet 98.9 FM and Eagle 97.3 FM for local info
CBC Victoria 104.5 FM will carry info in a large event

TV stations
A Channel 1-866-244-2484

The Gumboot

Print Media
The Discovery Islander

For more information about getting involved please contact:
QIFD Chief Sharon Clandening, Mike Gall, Coleen Swanson 285-3262
QEP Judy Hagen 285-2150, Betty Doak 285-3590
DARC Frank Wallace 285-2297