–Mike Hicks, CRD Director for Juan de Fuca
The Juan de Fuca Electoral Area spends close to $ 100,000 per year on Emergency Services. The CRD’s Emergency management team works with our local JDF Emergency team to prepare for a events such as a Tsunami, forest fire, flood , earthquake or any natural disaster.
The JDF installed a Tsunami warning system at Port Renfrew and Jordon River. This state of the art system can be activated remotely, manually or automatically in the case of a violent earthquake.
In addition, the Otter Point, Shirley and East Sooke Fire departments have specified waterfront homes that they are responsible to notify in case of a Tsunami.
Evacuation centers are located at East Sooke fire hall, Otter Point fire hall , JDF office in Otter Point, Shirley hall and Port Renfrew Rec. center. The JDF Emergency Program has a network of volunteers to help evacuees in the centers.
Our protocol system, following a Tsunami Warning notice from EMBC. (Emergency Management BC) has our managers tracking and monitoring the Tsunami wave. Once it travels within two hours of Port Renfrew, the managers make a call to either turn on the sirens and notify our fire departments to evacuate their area or continue to monitor without alarming the residents.
In this morning’s Tsunami, the JDF’s Emergency team were on standby at their stations and based on the wave height information, decided to stand down.
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