Tsunami info session in Sooke

Fire department to help residents get prepared in case of disaster

In the wake of last month’s tsunami warning, the District of Sooke is ensuring residents know what to do in an emergency.

As part of an emergency preparedness and information session later this month, Sooke Fire Rescue and Sooke Emergency Support Services will talk about tsunami and earthquake risks in the municipality and what residents, and specifically waterfront residents, can do to be prepared.

On Jan. 23, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake took place near Kodiak, Alaska, resulting in Emergency Management B.C. issuing a tsunami warning for coastal B.C. in the early morning hours.

RELATED: No evacuations in Sooke Region after tsunami warning

No evacuations occurred in the Sooke region, but fire officials said some residents panicked prematurely, and “non-credible” information got out on social media, resulting in mass confusion.

The tsunami warning was called off shortly before 5 a.m.

The information session takes place on Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Sooke Municipal Hall, 2225 Otter Point Rd.

For more information, please call Sooke Emergency Support Services 250-642-5422.


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