Warnings needed for disasters

On Sunday, June 7, my husband and I were returning from Nanaimo to Parksville and passed what seemed to be a bad motorcycle accident.

On Sunday, June 7, my husband and I were returning from Nanaimo to Parksville and passed what seemed to be a bad motorcycle accident. The southbound lanes were backed up from the flats for endless miles.

A friend of a neighbour had stopped on her way to Victoria and when we got home we warned her to avoid the highway south as it would be near midnight when she got home.

We listened for information everywhere — nothing. The next day my husband checked the paper — nothing. Our Nanaimo friends tried to tune into various radio news stations — nothing. Finally our neighbour Googled it and learned about the accident but not in detail.

This is a very strong issue. The fact of a highway backup due to a possibly serious road accident and no one warned, nothing disseminated until much later. Smoke signals might have been a better and faster way to get the word out.

I don’t know if the radio stations run on taped music on weekends but perhaps something can be put in place to inform the Island public when something like this occurs. If there were a tsunami, earthquake or major storm, how do you quickly and efficiently warn the ever-growing populace? If this accident and aftermath is an example, we will certainly be dead in the water, metaphorically and realistically speaking.

Liz and Gil RoyParksville

Just Posted

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Skaters get a golden moment with Chan

Olympic medallist conducts two-day seminar that attracted close to 150 participants

Society proposes outdoor performance stage for Community Park

The Parksville Beach Festival Society is proposing an outdoor performance stage for… Continue reading

Faye Smith remembered, honoured through new interpretive pavilion

Qualicum Beach’s upgraded Brant viewing area is dedicated to the long-time wild salmon advocate

Get ready for a week of sunshine across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high teens all this week

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Vancouver Island designated as foreign trade zone

Designation simplifies importing and exporting and provides duty relief

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Most Read