2022 Emergency Preparedness Week scheduled for May 1-8 at PQB – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

“Be prepared for anything.”

This is the theme of this year’s Civil Protection Week, which is to be celebrated from May 1 to 8. This is an opportunity to take action to ensure that all members of the community are prepared to protect themselves, their families and the community in the event of an emergency.

Oceanside Emergency Management encourages everyone to consider their family and work situation as they prepare for anything that might change or disrupt your normal day. They need to know the risks, make a plan and get an emergency kit.

EMO cited the recent blackout on April 19 in the central region of the island as an example. It was a perfect reminder, EMO said, that everyone should be prepared for any unforeseen emergency. The unusual and not-so-seasonal snowstorm caused power, cell phone, internet and social media outages. All of this meant that EMO had no reliable way to message you and see where assistance might be needed.

EMO is continually working to improve plans to support residents and businesses in the event of an emergency or disaster. It is working with the City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach to improve business continuity plans to ensure that residents of Parksville Qualicum Beach will receive reliable, essential service in the event of an emergency.

With a provincial grant, EMO purchased new technology to make its Emergency Support Services program more efficient and get displaced residents the help they need faster.

For more information, visit the EMO website, which includes:

• Be Prepared contains great information on floods, power outages, severe storms and earthquakes

• Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs

• Emergency kits and supplies

• Be prepared at home, at work, at school, in your vehicle

• Preparation of companies and employers

• Travel preparation

• Protect your pets

• Tsunami preparedness

— NEWS Staff

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