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  1. Almost every website I visited, including Google, had alerts in red across the top of their pages. Information is there if you take the time to look for it. You HAVE to take some responsibility to educate yourself… knowledge and a plan BEFORE an event on what you would do calms panic and anger. I listened to the scanner and visited multiple websites shortly after the alert went out. I have to say I was impressed and assured by the streamlined and efficient way all emergency services kicked into gear…from our local fire departments, to the Juan de Fuca Emergency, to the CRD Emergency. EOC’s were in operation within 20-30 minutes. Do you know where Sooke’s evacuation center is?

  2. I have just signed up for phone alerts from the CRD. Such a simple thing to do. Sadly it is one of those out of sight, out of mind scenarios for so many of us. I read about it this morning on my phone and am very glad the alert was cancelled. Time to get the Go Bag ready as well

  3. My neighbour called me at 427 a.m. to inform me of the warning and to go to higher ground. The warning was cancelled moments later. I had no idea and I live in a tsunami warning area. I now have 2 alert programs set up on my cell and landline. I was not aware of these alerts until today.

    • Betsy Lockwood, where did you go to get the alert for the landline? Victoria, I understand is only for Victoria addresses. Can you share a link please? Thanks

  4. What was your experience? Was unsure what to expect or do….Where did you look for information? CFAX and FB…..Did you feel informed? Once I tuned into CFAX I did and onlce Sooke Emergency Page posted on FB…..What could have been done differently?Don`t know as I have no idea what protocols were put in place and when if they were. Only thing I can suggest is to update district of sooke websites and FB pages asap…as that is where people will look first. Sooke Emergency Page did a wonderful job updating

  5. Live on waterfront on Belvista Pl. only warning came from friends in Metchosin who called at 4am. Not very comforting realizing what the outcome would have been for us should the tsunami have arrived. We called our neighbours. Sirens are needed for sure.

  6. It’s really risk vs reward. It was quickly established that the “wave” was going to be 0.3m… So a foot… And wasn’t scheduled to arrive until hours after the event happened in Alaska. Is that worth panicking tens of thousands of people? You can bet if it was a 30 foot wave the response would have been elevated to match the incident. The fact that the emergency notification system in Victoria went from 60,000 sign ups yesterday to almost 300,000 sign ups this afternoon is evident enough that people were not paying attention before this morning; but have at least taken notice.

    • It’s worth it in the sense that people including myself may take more attention to that sort of thing . Kind of like a fire drill in grade school

  7. I’d like to know where on their website as I was up at 3am and checked several times and saw absolutely nothing. I even looked for the Twitter account to post something and they did…they posted the Tsunami warning…..AFTER it was cancelled then 10 minutes later they posted it was cancelled. I’m disappointed that they don’t have any form of system other than relying on our Fire Dept and RCMP to knock on doors (which they were) I know I have signed up for the city of Victoria text alerts….sad that we have to turn to a different community to keep us informed in a situation of crisis

    • Agree. I got notification on my phone from Vic-Alerts, which woke me up. Although Vic-Alerts does not have a “Sooke specific” alert, I figure, if it’s going affect Victoria, it’s going affect Sooke. I also think a siren is a good idea. I get they don’t want to panic people needlessly however, I believe everyone should be notified, not just those in the potential danger areas.

    • I agree…I want time to get my boat out of the water so I want to know right away…not when it’s 1 hour out….different if the quake is closer but we had several hours notice on this one and time to do what is needed to protect things

  8. My brother phoned me from Ontario at 5:30 am EST. It gave me lots of time to get the animals in the car in case of evacuation. I live four houses from the water on Lanark Rd.

  9. I’m pretty sure that my house is high enough up that I would be fine if the tsunami did hit but….. being new to the island and BC in general I am not used to dealing with these conditions and had no idea about these warnings until I woke up at 630 this morning. Luckily I now have all the emergency alerts set up on my phone.

  10. My daughter called me at 3am after her Dad had called to warn her. I found lots of good information both from C-Fax and Emergency BC. Just kept up on the information until the all clear. I know have 2 apps on my phone for future alerts.

  11. I have the stock emergency alerts that come with most cell phones. This can be found in your settings. (not all providers do this yet but it’s a crtc mandate for April 2018) as an emergency responder I was also aware of the emergency alerts in many of our districts. I find a lot of people that don’t already have go bags and emergency kits are the same who don’t take the time to attend emergency planning meetings or educational sessions. I hope this is a kick in the pants for some.

  12. They need to confirm a tsunami before they issue a tsunami warning ,,tsunami watch is ok,,but unless there’s an actual tsunami no sirens …one buoy measured 12 meter rise ,,if more than three buoy’s measured the same factors,,than you have confirmation,,but don’t guess,,,my opinion

  13. I saw a warning on tv (it was a warning not an alert or a tsunami watch). I went to the District of Sooke website and could not find any information. I just checked back there now and I see there is an update that provides a great deal of information. I don’t know when it was posted but it wasn’t there after the warning. When I did a search on the webpage the only thing that came up was a phone number to call. I recognize that it takes time to put up information on the webpage but it would be helpful if there was some permanent links to the provincial or national emergency websites. Lots of people are new to Sooke and having a permanent link to emergency websites makes it easier for them to get the information they need.

  14. Asolutely NO official communication was coming out until hours after the Watch was issued. I live at the bottom of Kaltassin and my mother, who cannot drive, its on whiiffiin spit. Neither of us were even made aware that emergency services were even in the area. We only knew that because we saw the trucks drive by. There were no official instructions coming from the District at all. We had television, cfax radio and 2 computers going and couldn’t find any official news or instructions. We heard from Esquimalt, Colwood, Tofino, even Parksville which wasn’t iin the zone, issued a notice for their residents, but crickets from Sooke.

    I have no doubt there was a plan but it was not communicated to residents AT ALL, particularly those of us in the directly affected areas. The Provincial Emergency sites said to follow local authorities instructions, but there weren’t any. Not on the DOS website or fb page, not Sooke RCMP, not Sooke Fire and Rescue…nothing. Very disturbing and shows that Sooke really needs to up their communications game and do better.

  15. Had no idea no warnings! I was called by relatives in the Solomon Islands! I think sirens would be heard if the threat warrants. Not everyone is tech savvy or grew up with social media.

  16. If I had not been watching t.v. at 130 in the morning I would not have known jack……once I was aware, it would be nice to have a window. Is science good enough yet to predict time of landfall if a tsunami does occur ( taking into account the geography of the sea floor and speed of approaching wave….how it’s force and size is multiplied depending on how steep of a rise from the sea floor to land etc. Etc. Science science?) Any computer programs out there yet that can accurately extrapolate a scenario based upon data? Just wondering…….

  17. I am with Katherine Holmes We had a phone call @ 420 a.m. from a relative in Victoria . and I was severely distressed to turn on cfax and listen to Mayor chit chat about everything they were doing and did not know for over 5 minutes that the warning was cancelled. In the event of real disaster I don’t think we are really prepared with warnings or anything else. I live on the Sooke basin which I believe could potentially be a disaster

  18. Mother from Prince Rupert called us @ 3:45. We live on the river and would be affected as it’s higher right now and with a surge who knows how high it would come up. We were searching for info while getting ready to leave. Info for Victoria was anyone on waterfront should move two blocks in. We figured that meant we should get to higher ground too. Couldn’t find anything coming from Sooke. Have signed up for Vic Alerts now!

  19. Like many others I didn’t know til I saw a Facebook news alert. What warning system is there available for people like me whose cell was shut off or for those that don’-t have a cell-only a landline.

  20. We would have liked the siren to at least gone off – or use the fog horn. We could have then turned on the radio or TV. Social media is fine for some people but there are still some people who don’t have computers yet. Even if your home would not be effected you would be up and able to assist neighbours. I guess the point is the warning wasn’t removed until 4:15 am. So if there had been a tsunami what time would it have hit? If you started alerting people at 4:15 am how long would that take and would there have been enough time to get to everyone. We have the early alerts for earthquakes but if we don’t pay attention to them what good are they? The public also spends a lot of money on emergency services. I think as everything turned out okay this time that is fine but I think the process should be examined and improved. Grateful to the people who are involved in the ESS. I realize the time and effort involved as my husband contributed many years of volunteer work.

  21. I live on Billings Spit in a two-building condo site. One of the neighbors who heard the news, hit the fire alarms and started waking people up. We all left the area and after driving around awhile and seeing next to nothing for traffic, I wondered if it was all a dream. I made my way to the fire station. They had nothing in place for anyone who had fled. They did say when they were organized the Community Hall would be a muster station. Some 7 or 8 of us went to the community hall, but there was nothing going on. I ask this: I am 12 feet elevation here – where am I supposed to go to get warm and info? When I left the house we were hearing it was going to hit anytime – now we know that was mis-information but when someone is yelling at you to get out now, you don’t question, you just do. Was I supposed to sit in my car, alone, at the top of a hill and not know what is going on? It seems to me, the least that should have happened was that fire/police/sooke officials, etc should have immediately opened the hall so there was a meeting place. Our 2 buildings were not the only ones that people left. We need to do better.

  22. I give serious attention to an 8.2 earthquake in the gulf of Alaska. I was awake and alerted so needed to decide whether or not to move boats. Major media was a complete writeoff for information. My best source was a blogger in Homer, Alaska showing no tsunami effect. So we did not move boats or even awake anybody unnecessarily because it was a fizzle ~ side slip rather than subduction. I will be asking for CRD alert for future events.But I did ride that non~event for three hours, to be sure.