LETTER: Need information on this Emergency Information System that’s in place

Dear editor,

I live in the Union Bay district and my wife and I responded to the Pacific tsunami emergency at 1:30 in the morning last month. The emergency was passed down to me through a phone call from a friend in Vancouver. Information that I received was limited at the time and we didn’t know how long we had to get to safety.

We exercised an evacuation plan to higher ground in uplands Royston.

I woke up a couple of friends in the area and advised them what limited information I knew. By contacting friends and neighbours and informing them of the situation at least gives them the opportunity to make their own decisions on how to handle the event even if it’s a dud.

In regards to the events news, there wasn’t any. We tried the internet. We tried all the FM and AM stations, tried the big news outlets via our cell apps and finally called and talked to the RCMP who shared with me what they knew at the time.

Still not getting a lot of current news, I downloaded Twitter and was able to gather some current information on the tsunami and the locations that were affected. The time was now 4 a.m. and the expected time to hit the Tofino area was around 4:30. The emergency was then called off and we returned home tired and relieved, but with a lot of questions: Where is this Emergency Information System and communication located? How do I get to it?

How does it get to me?

I know that no alarms went off in our Zone E. If we were affected would we get a audible alarm?

I believe if I had access to the news via this Emergency Information System at least of all I could decide on an action plan to get to safety. We are probably not the only ones in the Valley that lack this information.

Some thoughts came up. We should consider having a Provincial B.C. AM 911 station that is dedicated to broadcast current 24/7Emergency events in B.C.

Now’s a good time to review your Districts Emergency Preparedness plan. The Union Bay Improvement District has a good link to the document for review.

Dwayne Axani

Union Bay

Just Posted

Learn about the future sewer service in Courtenay and Comox

The public is invited to learn more about the Comox Valley sewer… Continue reading

VIDEO: Whale and sea lions at play near Mitlenatch Island

It was a spectacular sight Sunday evening near Mitlenatch Island for Thomas… Continue reading

Mainroad prepares to clear North Island roads this winter

Mainroad North Island Contracting LP’s road servicing contract began Sept. 1

Hamir brings agriculture to the Comox Valley Regional District forefront

Air quality also high on priority list for new Area B director

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

Ovechkin has 4 points as Caps rough up Canucks 5-2

WATCH: Defending champs pick up impressive win in Vancouver

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

Most Read