Downtown Campbell River residents to participate in ‘Shake Out and Get Out’ drill

Drop, cover, hold on, count to 60 and get out of the flood zone on Oct. 19

For the Great Shakeout exercise this year downtown Campbell Riverites are asked to register and participate in a Campbell River specific “Shake Out and Get Out” drill.

“In most areas of North America it’s drop, cover, hold on until the shaking stops, wait 60 seconds after the shaking stops and if there are no after shocks, start to safely evacuate the building,” said Shaun Koopman, protective services coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District. “In Campbell River, if you are beneath the dam, Shake Out means drop, cover, hold on until the shaking stops, wait 60 seconds and then get out of the flood zone in case the dams fail and inundate a large portion of Campbell River with 11 to four metres of water.”

Koopman, as well as Kathryn Alexander, director of Campbell River Emergency Support Services, decided that further public education about the flood zone was needed when they saw the results of the Emergency Preparedness Survey earlier this year.

Though 80 per cent of people knew there was danger of flooding in downtown Campbell River if there was an earthquake, not many of them could point out on a map the areas that would be affected, Koopman said.

“Drills and training, they are crucial for emergency response,” he said. “We are always doing these with our first responders and emergency program organizations, but it is also important that the public (practice) as well.”

On Thursday, Oct. 19, registered participants are asked to drop, cover and hold at 10:19 a.m. for four minutes, count to 60 and then evacuate from the area to the nearest checkpoint either on foot or by bicycle.

In the case of an actual earthquake the roads would be too damaged to drive on and the power lines would be down Koopman said, everyone would need to walk or bike.

Campbell River Emergency Support Services volunteers will be stationed at five check points on evacuation routes: The Maritime Heritage Centre, City Hall, Ecole-Phoenix Middle School, Woodburn Rd. and Spring Rd. and 9th Avenue and Ironwood.

Though the flood zone is much larger than just downtown Campbell River, Koopman said they wanted to keep the drill small and manageable this time.

“We really tried to focus on the heavily populated area in Campbell River to start which is south of the Highway 19A bridge,” he said.

BCHydro is on board with the drill and has been working with the city and the regional district to provide proactive emergency response preparedness within the community since 2014, though Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson said the potential for dam failure is an interim risk as BCHydro has plans to seismically upgrade the facilities.

“BC Hydro has a capital plan to upgrade the facilities over the next 10-20 years,” he said. “BC Hydro is currently working on proposed seismic upgrade projects at the Strathcona Dam and the John Hart Dam, and both may begin as early as 2021.”

Those who live or work in the downtown area and would like to participate in the drill can register with Koopman at skoopman@srd.ca or by calling 250-830-6702.

By registering, participants will be covered through liability insurance and WorkSafe BC coverage as the event had a training task number through Emergency Management BC.

To register and participate you must be able bodied and physically able to evacuate, wear the coloured apron that will be provided to identify you as a participant and carry a cellphone.

Participants will be entered to win an emergency preparedness prize.

Just Posted

Myra Falls re-opening gets a timeline

Mine suspended operations in 2015 but is set to start removing ore again early next year

Walter Morgan Shed to finally get its renovation

City sees heritage value in the property and will fund renewal project to the tune of $200,000

Oyster River structure fire leaves two families without a home

With less than two weeks until Christmas, two Oyster River families are… Continue reading

Campbell River senior occupies MLA, MP’s office; challenges prime minister to wrestle

Wants immediate action taken on homelessness and seniors poverty

North Island College’s TV and Film Crew Training building excitment

Walking into the warehouse where the NIC TV and Film Crew Training… Continue reading

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

More than 20,000 pounds of garbage removed from riverside homeless camps

Two camps taken down last week on the banks of the Fraser and Chilliwack rivers

Suspect in Revelstoke standoff killed himself: RCMP

Mohammadali Darabi, suspect in the Calgary homicide of his roommate, was stopped in Revelstoke

Clinton visits Vancouver, applauds Trudeau, celebrates Democrats’ win in Alabama

Clinton told crowd she cheered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the country’s first gender-balanced cabinet.

VIDEO: Salt Spring Islanders ferry piano to their floating home

Everyone enjoys a little music on the water, but not everyone has a piano on their boat

Bomb detonated in Kamloops neighbourhood

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after an improvised explosive device was detonated Wednesday morning

No More Shootouts: Strong defence will be Canada’s backbone at world juniors

Head coach doesn’t want a situation where a hot goalie or a lucky bounce can determine a team’s fate

Proposed snowmobiles along Sicamous roads concern RCMP

RCMP, ICBC and province not yet on-board with proposed off-road bylaw in the B.C. Interior

‘Assemble your own meal’ kits grow into $120M industry in Canada

Kits offer a middle ground between eating out and grocery shopping

Most Read