Series on earthquakes empower Island residents to be self-sufficient

Parksville and Qualicum Beach residents told they need to be able to look after themselves in the event og a big earthquake

If a big earthquake were to strike our island paradise tomorrow, many of us would be at a loss for what to do and how to make sure our families were well taken care of. That’s why Nanoose Community Services, the Regional District of Nanaimo Emergency program and Fairwinds Community and Resort are holding two free seminars this week called Shake Rattle and Roll on our risks in this area and how to prepare.

“We want the public to understand some of the harsh realities of a large earthquake in this area,” said Ross Peterson, a retired emergency manager in Nanoose Bay that is helping organize the event. 

If an earthquake were to strike many would be without essential services.

“The term we use is ‘the cavalry is not coming,’” Peterson said, “so all the problems losing those essential services are going to be ours to deal with personally.”

The first session on Friday, June 24 will deal with what can happen. 

The second session on Mon., June 27 will be on what to do. 

Both seminars take place at Nanoose Place this Friday and Monday, located at 2925 Northwest Bay Rd. Both will run from 7 to 9 p.m. For details contact Dr. Jay Spence at 250-468-7080.

 

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