Joanne Pozzevan

Exercise Coastal Response takes over Alberni Valley

A multi-agency provincial emergency exercise kicked off in Port Alberni on Tuesday, June 7

A multi-agency provincial emergency exercise kicked off in Port Alberni on Tuesday, June 7 with emergency responders and volunteers responding to the aftermath of a mock 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami.

Stakeholders from all levels of government as well as Emergency Management BC staff, First Nations, Crown corporations, critical infrastructure owners and non-government organizations involved in provincial-level response are in the Valley until Friday, June 10 to model how they would collaboratively work to respond to the impacts of a catastrophic event along coastal B.C.

All those involved in the exercise knew very little, if anything, about what the disaster was going to be before the exercise started. They have been responding to scenarios thrown at them from organizers.

The exercise is aimed at testing the BC Earthquake Immediate Response Plan.

The Alberni Athletic Hall is being used as a group lodging facility for those “victims”—played by more than 200 local volunteers throughout the week—whose homes are damaged heavily and inaccessible. Volunteers with the Red Cross are providing the volunteer occupants with emergency social services and other needs they may have required post disaster.

In the parking lot of the hall, the provincial Salvation Army had four Community Response Units to the valley to feed the volunteers in the event.

“The Salvation Army is responsible for the feeding in the exercise,” Beverley Woodland-Slous, community and government relations director with the Salvation Army, said. “All together in British Columbia we have 14 units of varying sizes.”

Also occupying the Athletic Hall’s parking lot is the Oceanside Emergency Communications team who are responsible for handling messages from the reception centres and passing them onto the Emergency Operations Centre at the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

The Alberni Valley Multiplex is being used as a reception centre where Emergency Social Service volunteers are set up ready to assist evacuees with post disaster services.

Chris James, reception centre manager, said the centre opened at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and 30 evacuees were registered, many of whom were referred to group lodging.

In the parking lot of the multiplex the British Columbia Mobile Medical Unit was set up, along with the Critical Response Unit and several other BC ambulance vehicles.

Groups of walking wounded residents, volunteers who were given makeovers to look like they had suffered lacerations and wounds to themselves, were instructed to register at the reception centre inside the Multiplex where they would be recommended for further medical evaluations.

Exercises take place throughout the week and will wrap up on Friday, June 10.  An open house will be available to the public on Friday at the Alberni Valley Multiplex from 1–3 p.m. for an opportunity to meet emergency preparedness representatives from around the province.

 

karly.blats@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich walks the walk on crosswalk after student lobbied for improvements

Elanor Teel approached first Saanich about the intersection in March 2017

Grange Road residents optimistic CRD will change pipeline plans

Marigold residents are concerned about the loss of up to 50 trees

Saanich plans to turn former Emily Carr library into office space

Report recommends more than $2 million for renovations at former library and other buildings

Salmon runs produce highs and lows on Vancouver Island this year

Chinook salmon did particularly well on the Island this year

Victoria police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

Battle over Saanich’s Haro Woods not yet over, says report

Draft management plan calls on Saanich to spend $142,500 to improve area

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Upset student causes safety plan to be enacted at Island Elementary School

Child’s behaviour results in students being held in classrooms until order restored

Most Read