Emergency Preparedness

Vancouver Island’s north west coast has several long inlets, and emergency planners want to know whether they’ll amplify or dissipate a tsunami. (SRD Image)

Tsunami awareness survey for northwest Vancouver Island underway

Emergency planners want to know what you know about the tsunami risk

 

Firefighters Shawn Hall, Patrick Schiefele, Scott Kratzmann and Andy Michaluk take a socially-distanced break at the Campbell River fire hall. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

COPING WITH COVID: Staffing issues, long hours and limited mental health supports put strain on emergency workers

SPECIAL REPORT PT. 3: Firefighters and paramedics finding novel ways to deal with COVID-19 stress

 

The North Island 9-1-1 Corporation (NI911) has supported local residents for 25 years. Black Press file photo

North Island 911 looks to change how they get funding

Three options to be decided upon in early 2021

 

Real-time illustration shows the location of small seismic monitoring devices around Greater Victoria. The equipment helps local seismologists keep track of changes in ground noise and vibrations. (Illustration raspberryshake.org)

Earthquake early warning research backs Great BC ShakeOut activities

Public encouraged to host socially distanced earthquake drills Oct. 15 or anytime

Real-time illustration shows the location of small seismic monitoring devices around Greater Victoria. The equipment helps local seismologists keep track of changes in ground noise and vibrations. (Illustration raspberryshake.org)
Offices, schools, homes and more offer protection in the event of an earthquake. The Great BC ShakeOut is slated for Oct. 15, but individuals and socially distanced groups can practice earthquake drills anytime. (Black Press media file photo)

Great BC ShakeOUT takes a COVID-safe approach for 2020

Public encouraged to host socially distanced earthquake drills Oct. 15 or anytime

Offices, schools, homes and more offer protection in the event of an earthquake. The Great BC ShakeOut is slated for Oct. 15, but individuals and socially distanced groups can practice earthquake drills anytime. (Black Press media file photo)
Muchalat Inlet, near Gold River. The tsunami mapping project will take place along areas from Muchalat Inlet to Cape Scott Provincial park (Wikimedia commons)                                Muchalat Inlet, near Gold River. The tsunami mapping project will take place along areas from Muchalat Inlet to Cape Scott Provincial park (Wikimedia commons)

Vancouver Island First Nations, regional district to roll out tsunami mapping project

The long overdue survey along the northwest coast of the Island will provide data to chalk out emergency planning for communities at risk

Muchalat Inlet, near Gold River. The tsunami mapping project will take place along areas from Muchalat Inlet to Cape Scott Provincial park (Wikimedia commons)                                Muchalat Inlet, near Gold River. The tsunami mapping project will take place along areas from Muchalat Inlet to Cape Scott Provincial park (Wikimedia commons)
A four-year-old child was injured after falling out of a window in Surrey in September 2019 – one of 14 high-fall incidents in B.C. that year. (Shane MacKichan photos)

Child, 3, falls from window in Burnaby, sparking warning from BC Children’s Hospital

Fasten windows and lock balconies are just a few of the suggested safety measures

A four-year-old child was injured after falling out of a window in Surrey in September 2019 – one of 14 high-fall incidents in B.C. that year. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Emergency kit items. (Stock photo)

Proper preparation can prevent panic buying, says Island emergency program manager

Emergency Preparedness Week offers an opportunity to get yourself ready for the unexpected

Emergency kit items. (Stock photo)
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake the afternoon of Jan. 24, 2020 was a 4.8 magnitude and 26 kilometres deep. (USGS MAP)
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake the afternoon of Jan. 24, 2020 was a 4.8 magnitude and 26 kilometres deep. (USGS MAP)
The Ucluelet Co-op’s fresh produce aisle is nearly bare and a note has been posted informing customers that the shelves will not be restocked until Hwy. 4 reopens. (Andrew Bailey photo)

UPDATED: Ucluelet and Tofino mayors call for “calmness” and “empathy” as highway closure cuts communities off from supplies

Ministry of transportation expects to open road for “essential travel only” from noon-8 p.m. Friday.

The Ucluelet Co-op’s fresh produce aisle is nearly bare and a note has been posted informing customers that the shelves will not be restocked until Hwy. 4 reopens. (Andrew Bailey photo)