Residents learn how to survive earthquake, tsunami

Otter Point and Juan de Fuca Emergency Management Program host drill

There’s constant talk of the Big One, but what are we actually doing about preparing for when it arrives?

On April 26, Otter Point and Juan de Fuca Emergency Management Program along with Otter Point Fire and Rescue held a Tsunami Evacuation Exercise for the residents of the Olympic View Trailer Park and Otter Point Co-op.

Overseen by Jeri Grant, JdFEMP coordinator, approximately 15 residents made their way on foot across Westcoast Road and up to Carpenter Road, headed in the direction of “up and away” which in this case, goes towards a backwoods route to long-term lodging at Camp Barnard.

Participants were reminded that their most reliable evacuation warning system will be a significant earthquake.

A strong Cascadia Event off the coast of Washington and Oregon may precipitate a tsunami which can arrive within 40 minutes to the Otter Point area. As such, the importance of a “grab and go kit” was stressed throughout the session.

Tsunamis can continue for up to 18 hours and get progressively larger in the first several waves.

“The reception by participants was great and the experience for the emergency management crews most valuable,” said Al Wickheim, community coordinator for the Otter Point Emergency Management Program.

“Whether you are rehearsing a home evacuation in the event of a fire or a neighbourhood evacuation out of a larger threat, a couple of dry runs can only be of benefit.”

 

Just Posted

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

Sun on its way after Greater Victoria sees wettest July in six years

Environment Canada meteorologists say the drizzle is likely to end soon

After Victoria dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Join Oak Bay’s heritage walk and scavenger hunt this Saturday

Hunt seeks significant examples of historical architecture in Oak Bay

VIDEO: 1,400 classic cars roll into Victoria for Deuce Days

The four-day festival highlights classic hot rods, with a special emphasis on cars built in 1932

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

LETTER: Refining bitmen not a good idea

One of the arguments against increasing the capacity of the Trans Mountain… Continue reading

LETTER: Welcome to Nevergreen Mall

Re: Work starts on mall expansion (News, July 17) Welcome to Nevergreen… Continue reading

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Most Read