BC Shakeout and our Emergency Notification System Test.
Another extremely dry fire season has now passed, with very few actual fire related emergencies on our Island. IMO, much of the thanks goes to our citizens, who generally are not afraid to inform someone of the error of their ways, and / or report potentially hazardous situations, allowing our Duty Officer to be paged to respond in real time.
Today is Shakeout BC, our Province’s day to practice and give some forethought to a major earthquake that may occur at some point in our lives, and to do our best to be prepared for it, should it occur.
At 10:18 this morning, my cell phone buzzed with a text, indicating this was a test of the RDN’s Emergency Notification System, and we should Drop, Cover, and Hold on.
In a real earthquake, or wildfire or any other event that the public needs to be quickly informed of, more detailed information would likely be included in the message.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to sign up to receive these alerts.
If you haven’t already, please go to:
There you will be asked to fill out your personal contact details.
While we are on the subject, give some thought to your own family’s response to various emergencies.
Make sure your smoke detectors are clean and functioning.
Ensure you and your children know at least 2 ways to escape from various parts of your home and where to safely meet.
Think through at least 2 escape routes from your neighbourhood as well, in case of the need to evacuate.
Fire extinguishers are always a good idea to have on hand. The Fire Dept sells them at cost-$45 including tax. We will even teach you how to use. Call firehall No.1 on Church st. to arrange a time to get one. (250-247-9677)
Thanks to everyone for helping us keep the Island safe.