Workshop aims to increase emergency preparedness in Campbell River area

Hope or organizers is to provide need-to-know information

Quadra Emergency Program with support from Emergency Support Services groups from Cape Mudge, Campbell River, Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional District, is hosting a Workshop, Friday through Sunday at Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge at Cape Mudge.

Quadra Fire Department, Quadra RCMP and Quadra Ambulance personnel are also taking part.

Emergency Preparedness Planning in smaller communities is typically led by volunteers from fire departments or other first responder groups. Vancouver Island communities vary in the degree of preparedness and in what they perceive as the scenario most likely to occur. Getting these varied groups together to update planning practices will be beneficial to all.

The workshop is aimed at increasing the emergency preparedness planning knowledge base of attendees through awareness of what resources are available on Vancouver Island , how to access them and through networking ‐ learning of the successes and failures of other emergency planning groups.

To keep workshop costs to a minimum, Quadra Emergency Program volunteers have raised over $20,000 including grants from BC Hydro – $7500 and Coastal Community Credit Union – $5,000, Strathcona Regional District, Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference Society and the Provincial Emergency Program. Many local Quadra Island and Campbell River businesses and organizations have also contributed financially and in kind.

Workshop planners hope that with the update to BCERMS, Emergency Support Services Reception Centre planning, and input from EMBC/PEP, Mobile Support Team, Red Cross, Salvation Army, VIHA, Aboriginal Affairs, FNESS, CR SAR, and Police Victims Services through special presentations, information booths, the round table discussions, and the planned networking, that they can provide Need to Know material to attendees, to help improve Emergency Preparedness island Wide.