UPDATED OCT 24 2016; THE LOCATION OF THE AGM HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE NANAIMO EOC #1 FIRE HALL ON FITZWILLIAM STREET. THE MEETING WILL START AT 1900 HRS.
The Coast Emergency Communications Assoction will hold their 2016 Annual General Meeting Thursday Oct 27th 2016. The meeting, which starts at 7pm, will be held in the board room of the Nanaimo Regional District offices at 6300 Hammond Bay Rd., Nanaimo BC
There are often comments about satellite phones and where they fit in emergency communications. Here is one persons perspective, and the second line of the article says it all
Thanks to all members who participated in the earthquake exercise today. We had a good turnout.
The River Forecast Centre has ended all High Streamflow advisories for Vancouver Island. These were issued as a result of the recent storms
The annual earthquake exercise known as The Great British Columbia Shakeout will be held October 20 2016 at 10:20am.
At this time there are 102 radio operators registered. That’s up from 70 two weeks ago, but we can do much better.
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After yesterdays storm the clean up has started. Kudos to BC Hydro for their efforts. A thank you too to all the first responders. Below is a resume of the winds and rain as received from the weather office. To ARES members thanks for being there.
for British Columbia
issued by Environment Canada
at 4:47 a.m. PDT Sunday 16 October 2016.
An intense but compact storm moved across the South Coast last
night. The low pressure centre associated with the storm made
landfall along Vancouver Island near Bamfield at around 7pm, then
tracked northeastward, moving just south of Port Alberni before
crossing onto the Sunshine Coast.
As the storm approached the coast, very strong southeast winds
developed up the Strait of Georgia impacting many of the islands and
the Sunshine Coast. As the storm moved across the Island, a plume of
very strong southerly winds developed just south of the low
extending from near Carmanah into Howe Sound.
The very compact structure of the low produced intense winds but
over a fairly limited area. The track onto the Sunshine Coast
limited impacts to regions further south.
The following is a summary of weather event information received by
1. Summary of maximum wind gusts in km/h:
Point Atkinson (Lighthouse Park): 91
Tssawwassen Ferry Terminal: 72
Sandheads Lightstation: 80
Abbotsford Airport: 59
Trial Island: 96
Discovery Island: 85
Kelp Reefs: 85
Gonzales Point: 61
Race Rocks 100
Pam Rocks 111
East Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands
Entrance Island: 85
Sisters Island: 109
Ballenas Island: 107
Saturna Island: 98
Chrome Island: 94
Nanaimo Airport: 70
Grief Point (near Powell River): 89
Merry Island: 96
West Vancouver Island
Carmanah Lighthouse: 83
Cape Beale Lighthouse: 78
Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.
As of 0830 Oct 15 2016 CECA has been moved to Level 2 Standby because of the storm expected later today. CECA members are asked to check their email for further information.
UPDATED 15 OCT 2016 2130 LOCAL Level 2 Standby has been stood down. No further action is anticipated as a result of this storm. Wind warning has ended, but rainfall warning remains in effect for the Nanaimo area
UPDATED 15 OCT 2016 2030 LOCAL EOC’S remain open in Nanaimo,Delta and North Vancouver ( others may also be open but I am not aware) Power outages continue to occur along both sides of the Strait of Georgia with roughly 30,000 people without power. There are currently power outages in Nanaimo Cedar and Gabriola Island. Roughly ten thousand in Nanaimo and 2500 on Gabriola Island.Winds in Georgia Strait are SSE at 39 knots, gusting to 41 knots. All weather warnings remain in effect.
UPDATED 15 OCT 2016 1730 LOCAL: Flood Watches now issued. A Seaspan tug in Howe Sound reports winds of 70 knots. Some ARES units remain on standby
Flood Watch: Eastern Vancouver Island (issued October 15, 2016 4:00 PM)
UPDATED 15 OCTOBER 2016 1400 LOCAL BC FERRIES have announced cancellation of all sailings between Vancouver Island and the Mainland. BC Hydro have activated their EOC as well as several mini EOC’s Some ARES units have been placed on standby
Below is the latest from the weather office
The Hurricane Watch Net has stood down and is currently at level 1
Are you familiar with Landslide types and processes ? The site noted below will give you some interesting information on what happens in a landslide. ARES leaders don’t have to be experts in everything, but sometimes a basic understanding of the event will make actions taken by others make sense and help you understand the big picture. This can make you a more effective and efficient leader
UPDATE 13 OCT 2016 0900 LOCAL Wind Warning have now been issued. Marine Gale warnings remain in effect too
UPDATE 12 OCT 2016; The Special Weather statements remain in place as many areas prepare for the heavy rain and winds. Part of the storm are the remains of Typhoon Songda. Check your local forecasts for updates. ARES folks are you ready if needed ?
High winds and heavy rains are predicted as a series of storms approach the BC Coast. Rain, in the order of 200 mm and winds up to80 kph are forecast. To read the entire statement go to