Emergency Management British Columbia central region’s Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) amateur radio station was activated from 08:00 Hrs. until 17:00 Hrs. On June 26,27,28, and 29. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) asked Provincial Emergency Communications Service (PERCS) volunteers to man the station encase of a loss of communications from the Shuswap Lake area and to monitor for any information reported on amateur frequencies re the flash floods in the Sicamous area, generally high water, and high stream flows in the region.
Other than a power outage at the PREOC, which the UPS and back up generator took care of flawlessly and a short visit from our premier and two local MLAs the activation was rather uneventful.
The following PRECS volunteers participated in the activation. VE7s EFL, EHE, TGV, RY, WWW and VA7s AIR and SPA.
If you are enjoying Canada’s outdoors this summer please do you part to preserve our forests, properties, and lives. If you see a forest fire please call: 1-800-663-5555, Cellular *5555, or 911. Be ready to share as much information as needed to assist in the initial assessment of the fire. Your assistance will help emergency management personnel determine the best course of action in managing the fire.
Before you head out, please be sure to check the campfire regulations in your area. Stay informed by calling: 1-888-3-FOREST for up to date information. Please read the Stoves & Campfires PDF for information on outdoor fires, and be sure you understand the regulations. Remember: The Wildfire Act applies to all Public & Private lands in BC.
Please follow https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter for updates on all emergencies in British Columbia
Please visit http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Fires.asp for information on forest fires in British Columbia.
Thank you for doing your part.
Matthew Lewis – VA7MJL email@example.com
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The Tofino to Ucluelet Marathon is coming up quick!
One June 10th, atheletes from all over he world will be taking part in the Edge 2 Edge marathon. With full marathon, half marathon, and team relay events there is something for everyone. This marathon is a certified qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
Amateur Radio Operators are required to man the check points to provide race progression bulletins and emergency communications in the event of an injury. If you are interested in helping out with communications during the race, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will provide you with information on camping and radio requirements.
Please visit http://www.edgetoedgemarathon.com for more information.
Please visit http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Fires.asp for information on fires in British Columbia.
Please visit http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/ for information on flooding in British Columbia.
BC Hydro has an interesting page on what to do in various emergencies. It won’t take long to read and has many good tips. This information could be valuable to ARES members as they assist in times of crisis.
Now is a busy time of the year for some. The BC River Forecast Centre continues to issue high stream, high flow and flood warnings. This is the start of the run off season. Some radio rooms have been activated. There have already been evacuations and flooding in some areas while sandbagging continues in other portions of the Province. With high snow packs this concern will not end soon.
It might be a good time to review your family emergency plan. Have you checked your grab and go kit lately? Be prepared, and have a plan. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
The CECA monthly meeting will be held April 26th,2012 at 1900 hrs
atThe Nanaimo EOC #1 Firehall on Fitzwilliam Street. Due to the
location this meeting is not open to the public.