CADBORO BAY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE GENERAL INFORMATION
APRIL 1, 2016 – NOTE THAT SOME OF THIS INFORMATION IS NOW OUT OF DATE.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association has been in existence since 1998 and was organized to assist all residents of the Cadboro Bay area to “be prepared” for whatever disaster or emergency situation comes our way. We have offered workshops and meetings and distributed information sheets on how to prepare for earthquakes, brush fires, tsunamis and storms. We have divided Cadboro Bay into 3 zones, each with a Coordinator and a system of Street Captains who look after their close neighbours. These Captains have frequently distributed information sheets on how to prepare a survival kit and how to store water. The Emergency Preparedness Committee has several trained Search and Rescue Teams and Medical Teams plus a Radio Communications Team, a Command Centre Team and a Temporary Reception Centre Team. The preparedness structure and the trained personnel are in place but the Committee needs the participation of ALL THE RESIDENTS IN CADBORO BAY.

Not that long ago, we saw the sad consequences in Mississippi and Louisiana of not being prepared for the wrath of nature. Many households could not look after themselves during the time it took for outside help to arrive. There was also a lack of cooperation among neighbours and a feeling of looking after only oneself. It is neither alarmist nor fear-mongering to be prepared. Not being prepared can be fatal as it was in the Gulf Coast area of the USA.

We, on the Emergency Preparedness Committee in Cadboro Bay, encourage you to contact your nearest Street Captain or Zone Captain if you do not know your Street Captain. We also encourage you to join one of the Committee’s Teams and become involved in being a good neighbour. The Emergency Preparedness Team as a whole is always looking for volunteers. At this time the Search and Rescue Group is looking for volunteers who would be prepared to be runners carrying messages within the Cadboro Bay area in the case of an emergency situation and when all exercises are carried out. You don’t literally need to run but must be able to move quickly about your area on foot. All our various component groups are looking for backups and if you are interested in any discipline in particular, see below for the contact names if you wish to volunteer.

The Cadboro Bay area is one of the best prepared and equipped areas in the province for any type of disaster. The area is broken down into 3 zones with coordinators for each listed below. The Ten Mile Point zone has 2 coordinators due to its geographic size.

  • Queenswood – Peggy Morfitt (721-2916)
  • The Village – Terry Carroll (477-9870)
  • Ten Mile Point – Phyllis Greenaway (721-0602)
  • Ten Mile Point – Pat Firth (721-1895)

Each zone is further broken down by streets looked after by a Street Captain. Your Street Captain should have been in contact with you to give you information about the program and obtain vital information from you to be used only in the event of an emergency. If you have not been contacted, please call one of the Coordinators listed above.

The Committee is made up of several sub-committees which include:

  • Command Centre Team (Harry Drage 477-9544) – The Incident Command Support Team is used in an emergency and works as a pyramid with emergency services escalated upwards from the area as necessary.
  • Communications Team (John Flanagan 477-6889) – Radio operators are situated throughout the area and have VHF radios to be used in event of an emergency.
  • Search and Rescue Teams (Bill Dancer 721-5273) – All SAR teams have a full kit stored at the homes of members most likely to be home in the event of an emergency. Saanich has assisted us with grants and we have a well-stocked kiosk with supplies as well.
  • Temporary Reception Centre (Gayle Millbank 477-7998) – This includes volunteers in charge of Shelter, Food, Registration and so forth.
  • Medical Support Team (Bill Dancer 721-5273) – This includes a doctor and several trained assistants who will set up in an emergency facility as required. Thanks to Naz Rayani at Cadboro Bay Pharmacy for rotating our medical supplies as needed.

For more details on the Cadboro Bay Residents Association, follow this link.

PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY PROGRAM OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The website below links to the home page for the Provincial Emergency Program. The Cadboro Bay Emergency Prepareness Committee works closely with this group in planning.

Website: http://www.pep.bc.ca/

PANDEMIC INFLUENZA – WHY ARE WE CONCERNED
Summary of the presentation given to the Cadboro Bay Residents Association by Dr. Mark Gilbert on April 2, 2006

Website: http://www.islandnet.com/~thelynns/cbra/pandemic_20060425.pdf

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION FROM THE PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY PROGRAM
For information on how to prepare for an earthquake in coastal British Columbia, check the website indicated below.

Website: http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/Earthquake_Information.html

VICTORIA EARTHQUAKE MAPS
To view the BC Government Victoria Earthquake Maps click on the website below.

Website: http://www.em.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geolsurv/Surficial/hazards/default.htm

TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION FROM THE PROVINCIAL EMERGENCY PROGRAM
For information on how to prepare for a tsunami in coastal British Columbia, check the website indicated below. As an example of the material available on this web site, to see a Powerpoint presentation by Fred Stephenson who spoke at our Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting, under the heading ‘Tsunami Integrated Preparedness Project’ follow ‘Click here’ and then click ‘Fred Stephenson’.

Website: http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/tsunami_preparedness.html

TSUNAMIS AND TSUNAMI RESEARCH FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES AND OCEANS, GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
This web site below outlines the research on the observation and modelling of tsunamis being conducted at the Institute of Ocean Sciences.

Website: http://www-sci.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/osap/projects/tsunami/default_e.htm