Comox Valley Emergency Program meets Thursday

The City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley Emergency Program are encouraging the public to learn how to protect themselves.

The City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley Emergency Program (CVEP) are encouraging the public to learn how to protect themselves.

Join Mike Fournier from CVEP on Nov. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Courtenay Fire Hall at 650 Cumberland Rd. for a free Personal Emergency Preparedness Session. Learn about the risks in our area, as well as tips on how to prepare.

Fournier noted it’s not just about earthquakes.

“On Vancouver Island, we face a number of natural hazards,” he said. “Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared.”

The recent earthquakes around Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii, as well as the devastation from superstorm Sandy on the East Coast, were sobering reminders of how vulnerable we can be during an emergency. It appears many of us got the message, with local equipment suppliers reporting a rush to purchase emergency kits in the past few weeks.

During an emergency situation, it is suggested that people be prepared to take care of themselves and their family for a minimum of 72 hours.

“We want people to really think about what they would do if they had no support for an extended period of time,” stated Fournier. “During an emergency, our first responders, governments, and utility companies may be overwhelmed. Ask yourself how you would cope without running water, electricity, groceries — the list goes on.”

Fournier said the best time to get plans in place is before the emergency strikes. “You never know when you are going to need them, and you will really thank yourself when the time comes.”

Pre-registration for this session is not required. For more information, contact CVEP at 250-334-8890 or e-mail cvep@shawcable.com.

— City of Courtenay

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