Emergency Preparedness

Tofino’s tsunami sirens sounded off on Saturday morning as an advisory prompted beach closures. (Westerly file photo)

Tsunami advisory an important reminder for B.C. coastal communities to be prepared

Volcanic eruption near Tonga Islands activates emergency operations on Saturday

 

The warming centre in Tahsis last week. Tahsis is one of the communities getting a delivery of food this week. Photo courtesy SRD

Food delivery coming for remote Vancouver Island communities

Roads in poor condition since last week’s snow, lengthy power outages

 

Tractors are seen in a flooded field in Abbotsford, B.C., Thursday, November 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. set to use Alert Ready system when next storm strikes in days ahead

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced plans to use the system during a Sunday briefing

 

A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Experts say B.C. rainstorms highlight increasing flood risks and need to prepare

Insurers say flood damage is already by far the most expensive type of extreme weather risk

A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A map of events logged by Earthquakes Canada over the past six months. (Earthquakes Canada image)

Editorial: Earthquake preparedness takes a community

Great B.C. ShakeOut is this Thursday, Oct. 21

A map of events logged by Earthquakes Canada over the past six months. (Earthquakes Canada image)
Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s inadequate heat wave supports heightened risks to vulnerable people: report

B.C. reported 569 “heat-related deaths” in the province from June 20 to July 29

Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Drawing from experiences from winter storms in recent years, the City of Nanaimo has dedicated the month of October to emergency preparedness. (News Bulletin file photo)

October is dedicated to emergency preparedness in Nanaimo

Drills and demonstrations presented throughout the month

Drawing from experiences from winter storms in recent years, the City of Nanaimo has dedicated the month of October to emergency preparedness. (News Bulletin file photo)
Emergency kit items. (Stock photo)

Majority of British Columbians have poor emergency preparedness: poll

Less than 25 per cent of British Columbians have an emergency kit and plan

Emergency kit items. (Stock photo)
The Regional District of Nanaimo and District of Lantzville have received a $30,139 grant from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, for emergency support services training. (Submitted photo)

B.C. government provides $30K to RDN, Lantzville for emergency services training

Exercises to look at wildfire evacuation from emergency support service perspective

The Regional District of Nanaimo and District of Lantzville have received a $30,139 grant from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, for emergency support services training. (Submitted photo)
(Black Press Media)

Emergency alert test an ‘accidental re-broadcast’ of last week’s, B.C. says

Province says alert was sent out due to human error

(Black Press Media)
Emergency Preparedness Week is May 2-8, and the regional district and the city are reminding residents to understand the risks, have plans in place and check that emergency kits are in good order. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo residents reminded about the reasons for Emergency Preparedness Week

Residents advised to understand risks, create plans, make a kit

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 2-8, and the regional district and the city are reminding residents to understand the risks, have plans in place and check that emergency kits are in good order. (Photo submitted)
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

The North Island 9-1-1 Corporation (NI911) has supported local residents for 25 years. Black Press file photo
Karen Lindsay, City of Nanaimo emergency program manager, shows how the city’s alert system warning will appear on smart phones when the city conducts an emergency alert test in late October. City staff will join residents in participating in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut provincewide earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo gets prepared for the Great B.C. ShakeOut

Provincewide earthquake drill happens Oct. 15 and is a reminder to be ready for all emergencies

Karen Lindsay, City of Nanaimo emergency program manager, shows how the city’s alert system warning will appear on smart phones when the city conducts an emergency alert test in late October. City staff will join residents in participating in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut provincewide earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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)
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)
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)

4.8 earthquake shakes Vancouver Island’s west coast

No tsunami expected at this time

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)