Campbell River Emergency Support Services volunteers will be at Walmart (Campbell River) on Saturday, October 11, 2014 to help residents get supplies to make their own emergency ‘Grab and Go Kits’. This event is in preparation of the Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill on Thursday, October 16, at 10:16 a.m. where hundreds of thousands of British Columbians will take part in the world-wide event teaching people how to prepare for, survive and recover quickly from a big earthquake.
"Here in B.C., earthquakes happen all the time without most people knowing it," says Howie Siemens, Strathcona Regional District (SRD)’s emergency program coordinator. "Last month, Earthquakes Canada recorded 277 earthquakes in and around B.C., many of them just off the West Coast of Vancouver Island." Siemens, who oversees the Campbell River Emergency Support Services program, acknowledges that earthquakes are only one of many potential hazard risks in B.C., such as tsunamis, wildfires, landslides and floods. "We all need to prepare for our own safety and disaster recovery. It is important for you, your family and your place of work or business to take the time to become better prepared, especially for earthquakes, as first responders may be unable to get to you for several hours - or several days - after a disaster occurs."
The Strathcona Emergency Program offers another option to help get you disaster-ready. Emergency preparedness workshops are available for groups, organizations or businesses interested in learning how to plan for and survive a disaster. "We have delivered workshops to businesses, social clubs, professional organizations, strata councils, churches, and even groups of neighbours who wanted to be ready for an emergency event," says Siemens. "It is important that we all know the risks, have a plan and be prepared."
More information on the SRD’s emergency preparedness planning and events can be found online at www.strathconard.ca
on the protective services page.