LETTER: Silence not so golden in civic emergency

On Jan. 23 we were possibly facing an evacuation because of a threatened tsunami.

I was phoned by a friend, who was made aware of the threat by someone who had heard.

I was told to pack up and get the hell out of my place

I live on the water at Billing Spit in Sooke. I woke three other residents and nobody else answered.

I packed up animals and medication, cellphone and Ipad and left for higher ground.

The police drove past us at the gas station and informed us all was clear, about an hour later.

What I want to know, is why there are no sirens to warn people?

This time was a false alarm, but if it had been for real …

We are having three bus stops under constructionmade (which will do nothing on the road to make it safer) but what about a early warning system like the one in Tofino?

Something needs to be done now – not six months from now!

J.E. Somerset

Sooke

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