Get prepared today

Editorial

Tuesday, March 15 2016

As seen this past week, winter isn’t quite done with Gabriola, and reminded us again on the weekend that Mother Nature has plans we know nothing about.

As the wise ones say, the best time to start preparing is now.

Consider, how would any of us communicate with our loved ones in the event of an emergency. Do we all have plans in place for where we should go if we get stuck on either Gabriola or in Nanaimo if the ferry stops running?

The Regional District of Nanaimo has set up the Rollo Seniors’ Centre and Gabriola Island Community Hall are the designated emergency headquarters.

A number of neighbourhoods on Gabriola have Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness groups formed. Talk to the neighbours, see if there’s one close by.

Needing to communicate off-island? There are a half-dozen emergency radio operators located around the island, as well as at the new Fire Hall. Using their systems, they can communicate by a radio version of email to emergency contacts off-island. Drop by their office in the lower level of the Fire Hall for contact information.

Then there’s the idea of what should be kept in the house, just to be able to get through the first three to five days the island might find itself without a link to Vancouver Island, let alone the Mainland.

PreparedBC is the BC Government’s department for helping people get prepared for short and long-term emergencies.

Find their web site at PreparedBC: www2.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc 

The RDN has a section specific to Emergency Planning in the Electoral Areas. Look under services at www.rdn.bc.ca

Learn More: 

PreparedBC: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc 

Communicating during a disaster: http://ow.ly/ZdUTA 

Basic emergency kit supplies: http://ow.ly/ZbrB0 

Emergency Mommy: http://ow.ly/ZbruV  

As always, for those without internet access, drop in to the Gabriola Library where public access to internet is available.