Seasonal Preparedness—Get Ready for Autumn

Autumn Watch provides tips and techniques for preparing for the change in season.

A number of references are available on our "Resources/Links" page.


British Columbia ShakeOut 19 October 2017, 1019 AM

Click here to see how many Comox Valley residents have already registered; then, register at https://www.shakeoutbc.ca/register/.


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Are You Prepared for the Next "Big One"?


Sign Up to Receive Emergency Notifications


On Monday, 16 January 2017, the CVRD implemented a free emergency notifications service to keep residents and businesses informed in a timely manner. The service will issue prompt emergency notifications to landline or mobile phones through a text or voice message. Initially the service will focus on boil water notifications but will later be expanded to include all other types of regional emergency messages.

The sign-up process is simple. Just go to www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/getnotified. Follow the steps outlined for setting up your account. Remember to choose both the community in which you live and the Comox Valley Water Supply System (boil water) notification lists. If you are not interested in receiving boil water notifications simply register for the community in which you live:

Residents who do not have a computer may call us directly at 250-334-6057 and we will set up their accounts for them.


Disaster First Aid Stations (DFAS)

Five medical clinics in the Comox Valley have agreed to provide triage, first aid, and urgent primary medical care to the public in the event of a catastrophic event.

Each clinic will assume the role as a DFAS upon request of the Comox Valley Emergency Program (CVEP) or if the need is clearly evident, such as a severe earthquake.

The clinics have been selected based on their seismic resilience, geographical location, proximity to a pharmacy, and ability to respond in a crisis. Other clinics may be added in the future.


Click on the sign to open the DFAS brochure and find the DFAS nearest you.

A Message from North Island 911

Click on the picture to download and print larger versions of the posters.

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Good planning is the key to success in many things in life, and being ready to care for ourselves and our families following an emergency is one area where planning can make a life-altering difference.

The Comox Valley Emergency Program functions in partnership with Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, and the Comox Valley Regional District to provide coordinated emergency programming to the entire valley.

The purpose of integrating the emergency program is to ensure that each area's transcend geographic and political borders.

The Comox Valley Emergency Program Planning Committee is made up of representatives of all emergency responding agencies working together to develop and maintain the program and the plan. The program is managed by the Emergency Program Coordinator.

The program is responsible for emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery for the collective community.

In addition to government planning for emergencies, it is essential that we, as individuals, plan for our own safety, survival, and disaster recovery. The Public Safety Canada publication, Your Emergency Preparedness Guide, is an excellent reference to help you prepare.

Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) courses are held throughout the year to train people to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Click here to find out when training is available in the Comox Valley.


BE PREPARED

Are you READY?

After a major disaster, it is probable that regular Emergency Services will not be able to respond for an estimated 72 hours.

Why do you need to PREPARE?

It is vital that you and your neighbors are able to rely on each other. Experience shows that after a major disaster your most reliable source of help is your neighbors. This is especially true if you have prepared beforehand. Once your neighborhood is prepared, you will be able to help each other in a real way to cope with emergency situations. Unlike fire or crime, there is nothing we can do to prevent a natural disaster from happening. WE CAN BE PREPARED for it when it does happen.

Personal Emergency Preparedness

We are offering special free sessions during Emergency Preparedness Week.
Click here to find out when training is available in the Comox Valley.

How can you participate further?

Join the Comox Valley Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program and learn how to prepare yourself, family and neighborhood to know what to do in an emergency. As a member of your Neighborhood Team, you will learn about:

If you want to join the team or learn more about Personal Emergency Preparedness training or the Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program project, call or e-mail the Program Coordinator at 250-334-8890 or cvep@shaw.ca.