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
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 someContact NumbersPolice, Fire, Ambulance
call 911Radio Stations
River 99.7FMCortes Island
Jet 98.9 FM and Eagle 97.3 FM for local infoCBC Victoria
104.5 FM will carry info in a large eventTV stations
1-866-244-2484Internet The Gumboot www.thegumboot.caPrint Media
The Discovery Islander
For more information about getting involved please contact: QIFD
Chief Sharon Clandening, Mike Gall, Coleen Swanson 285-3262QEP
Judy Hagen 285-2150, Betty Doak 285-3590DARC
Frank Wallace 285-2297