Emergency Preparedness

The Campbell River Community Centre is often used when the community needs an extreme weather shelter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Warming centre for people experiencing homelessness to be open overnight

Community Centre to be used between 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. on Thursday

 

Campbell River Community Centre. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Extreme weather shelter greenlit for Campbell River Tuesday night

Shelter can only open if enough staff are found in next few hours

 

Work is being done to ensure Cortes Island is more resilient to wildfires. Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service

Wildfire Fuel Treatment project underway on Cortes Island

Work clearing brush, thinning trees to take place near Cortes Recycling Centre

 

The Campbell River Community Centre will be used as an extreme weather shelter on Nov. 8. File photo

Extreme Weather Shelter activated at Campbell River Community Centre

Overnight temperatures could reach -4 C, prompting shelter activation

The Campbell River Community Centre will be used as an extreme weather shelter on Nov. 8. File photo
Debris from receding flood waters is pictured along a road as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Abbotsford, B.C., Nov. 30, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Flood mitigation crucial to preventing future disasters: Senate report on B.C.’s 2021 floods

Future flood damages could be 10-times worse, one witness testified

Debris from receding flood waters is pictured along a road as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Abbotsford, B.C., Nov. 30, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Rick Boehm, Thornhill and regional district fire chief, with the department’s new ladder truck. (File photo)

Remote northwest B.C. community left without a fire department due to volunteer shortage

Almost 200 homes in Dease Lake will have to fend for themselves in case of fire

Rick Boehm, Thornhill and regional district fire chief, with the department’s new ladder truck. (File photo)
The paramedics’ union is pushing the province for changes to address staffing shortages plaguing rural communities, said union president Troy Clifford. (Photo courtesy of Ambulance Paramedics of BC)

‘It’s a broken system,’ say emergency responders about B.C.’s rural paramedic shortages

Quadra Island had no local paramedics available for 11 days during the summer and fall

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The paramedics’ union is pushing the province for changes to address staffing shortages plaguing rural communities, said union president Troy Clifford. (Photo courtesy of Ambulance Paramedics of BC)
Wildfire protection is being planned for residents in the Surge Narrows area. Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service
Wildfire protection is being planned for residents in the Surge Narrows area. Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service
The Saanich Peninsula faces more than just earthquakes in terms of natural emergencies, says Mike Harman, Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief, in encouraging residents to prepare themselves. A weather event that mixes snow with heavy winds leading to a power outage has the potential to leave residents unprepared. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Brimacombe)

Island emergency official says you should be self-sufficient for at least 7 days

Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Harman says threats go beyond earthquakes

The Saanich Peninsula faces more than just earthquakes in terms of natural emergencies, says Mike Harman, Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief, in encouraging residents to prepare themselves. A weather event that mixes snow with heavy winds leading to a power outage has the potential to leave residents unprepared. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Brimacombe)
The Strathcona Regional District’s Emergency Radio Communications Team will be assisting at this year’s Jamboree-On-The-Air. Photo courtesy SRD

Campbell River scouts get help from SRD emergency communications team for on air Jamboree

SRD crew helping with amateur radio techniques at Oct. 15 event

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The Strathcona Regional District’s Emergency Radio Communications Team will be assisting at this year’s Jamboree-On-The-Air. Photo courtesy SRD
Rising flood waters are seen surrounding barns in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. B.C.’s Ombudsperson is hoping to speak with people who were impacted by 2021 floods and wildfires to determine how well the government responded. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

B.C.’s Ombudsperson wants to hear from people impacted by 2021 floods, wildfires

Office is investigating whether provincial support programs were administered fairly

Rising flood waters are seen surrounding barns in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. B.C.’s Ombudsperson is hoping to speak with people who were impacted by 2021 floods and wildfires to determine how well the government responded. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Earthquake warning signs were installed in 2018 in various places downtown Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Earthquake ShakeOut event coming Oct. 20

Earthquake could disrupt services, damage infrastructure, overload emergency systems — SRD

Earthquake warning signs were installed in 2018 in various places downtown Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
Zeballos, which was threatened in 2018 by a wildfire, was without a fire department for the summer. The department was reinstated on Sept. 27, 2022. Campbell River Mirror file photo

Zeballos reinstates volunteer fire department

Village was without fire department since late May

Zeballos, which was threatened in 2018 by a wildfire, was without a fire department for the summer. The department was reinstated on Sept. 27, 2022. Campbell River Mirror file photo
The funds will go to help seniors through events like heat domes. (Metro Creative photo)

New emergency preparedness resources coming for Quadra Island seniors

United Way BC awards $25,000 grant to Quadra Circle

The funds will go to help seniors through events like heat domes. (Metro Creative photo)
Smoke from wildfires in B.C., Washington State and Oregon continue to cause poor air quality across much of the province. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

Air quality improving, but varying degrees of smoke to remain in much of B.C.

Wildfires burning in B.C., Washington State and Oregon causing hazy skies

Smoke from wildfires in B.C., Washington State and Oregon continue to cause poor air quality across much of the province. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Representatives from Western Forest Products Woodlands Division (right) present TEAAM members with a cheque for $10,000. Photo supplied by TEAAM

TEAAM Aeromedical receives donation for new lifesaving equipment

Human External Transport System allows rescuers to rappel from helicopters to access patients

Representatives from Western Forest Products Woodlands Division (right) present TEAAM members with a cheque for $10,000. Photo supplied by TEAAM
The Weasel Creek wildfire as seen by an air attack officer on Aug. 13. The wildfire is one of only two fires of note, as of Aug. 29. (BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. wildfires: Fires of note reduced to 2

Connell Ridge fire near Cranbrook reclassified as of Monday (Aug. 29)

The Weasel Creek wildfire as seen by an air attack officer on Aug. 13. The wildfire is one of only two fires of note, as of Aug. 29. (BC Wildfire Service)
BC Wildfire Service crews are battling 215 active fires throughout the province as of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: 215 fires burning, 72 of them out of control

Close to 40,000 hectares have burned this year

BC Wildfire Service crews are battling 215 active fires throughout the province as of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Aerial crews work to extinguish a wildfire in the Kamloops Zone. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: Close to 40,000 hectares burned so far in 2022

Burn area far lower than 2021’s more than 850,000 hectares

Aerial crews work to extinguish a wildfire in the Kamloops Zone. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
The Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice is launching its Disaster First Aid Station Pilot Initiative. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
The Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice is launching its Disaster First Aid Station Pilot Initiative. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror