Emergency cards for town workers touted in Qualicum Beach

In case of emergency, staff would follow card’s instructions

An emergency preparedness card could be in the works for Qualicum Beach town workers.

Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer said he has been talking with emergency preparedness co-ordinator Rob Daman about the cards.

The City of Vancouver developed the idea in 2012, and Luchtmeijer said that city has an amazing program in place.

“Every vehicle is equipped with a booklet in their glove box based on the type of vehicle being used and every employee carries a card that says if something happens, this is where you go,” Luchtmeijer said.

The cards also tell the workers to check with family first to “get that worry out of their mind and let them do their job efficiently,” Luchtmeijer said. “Because if the big one happens and we lose cell tower or radio or telephone communications, everyone needs to work independently yet still co-ordinated and that becomes a big challenge in and emergency.”

Daman said at the moment he’s trying to track one down. He said there are so many tools in the emergency world, so they’re looking to make something like it. He said for Qualicum Beach’s town staff, it would be useful especially for parks and public workers.

— NEWS Staff

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