Various first-aid and safety kits were at the Oceanside Emergency Preparedness Expo in the Parksville Curling Club building in 2017. (PQB News file photo)

Various first-aid and safety kits were at the Oceanside Emergency Preparedness Expo in the Parksville Curling Club building in 2017. (PQB News file photo)

Emergency Management Oceanside to host another online discussion on emergency preparedness

Next available date is March 11; computer with internet connection required

Emergency Management Oceanside encourages Parksville residents to join the emergency preparedness co-ordinators from Parksville and Qualicum Beach for a Zoom workshop to better prepare themselves, their family, and their businesses in the event of an emergency or disaster incident.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared enough to look after one’s self, one’s family and one’s pets for a minimum of one week.

With the first session on March 4 now fully subscribed, another session with the emergency preparedness coordinators has been added for Wednesday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m.

To RSVP, go to info@emergencyoceanside.ca to participate on March 11. Space with be confirmed, and then a few days before the meeting, Zoom instructions will be sent by email. The meeting is a closed event; however, all screen names will be visible to the all participants.

The ongoing pandemic has reminded everyone of the importance of personal preparedness, and that having a plan is critical to protect one’s self and one’s family.

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While everyone continues to physically distance and spend more time at home, there’s an opportunity to build emergency preparedness plans to fit one’s personal needs. It is hoped that this workshop will help raise awareness and offer information and tips to help prepare businesses, individuals and families for the possibility of an emergency.

To join, a computer with an internet connection is required and participants can join the meeting in the following ways: if they have a computer with a camera and a microphone, click the link provided with the Zoom instructions; if they have a computer with a camera and no microphone, click the link and call the phone number provided with the Zoom instructions; and if they have a computer with no camera or no microphone, then simply call the phone number provided with the Zoom instructions.

If anyone has specific subjects they would like to have included in the presentation, or questions they would like answered, they can be sent to info@emergencyoceanside.ca as well.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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