qathet Regional District Hosts Resilient Community Evacuation Workshop series for Community Preparedness throughout April

qathet, BC – As part of its ongoing commitment to community safety and preparedness, the qathet Regional District is pleased to announce a series of grant-funded workshops designed to enhance community resilience and preparedness in the face of emergencies. The Regional Emergency Preparedness Program invites citizens, organizations, and first responders to participate in the upcoming Evacuation Workshops being hosted throughout the region in April.

 

These workshops offer interactive demonstrations on emergency evacuation planning activities for households and the larger community, including mapping and evacuation route scenarios, tours of our Evacuation Supply Containers, and practical emergency preparedness information. Participants will gain invaluable knowledge and skills to better prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for potential emergencies.

 

Partnerships are integral to the success of these workshops. In the City of Powell River, the workshops are being delivered in collaboration with the Powell River Recreation Complex. Similarly, on Texada Island, the workshop will be integrated into the Community Emergency Preparedness Fair in partnership with Texada Emergency Services. The qathet Regional District thanks our community and government partners for their support in delivering these important workshops.

 

“In times of crisis, having a well-prepared and coordinated response is crucial,” said Clay Brander, Chair of the qathet Regional District. “These workshops foster partnerships and empower our region to respond to emergencies effectively.”

 

About the qathet Regional District:

The qathet Regional District serves the rural areas from Lund to sḵelhp (Saltery Bay), the City of Powell River, Texada Island, Savary Island, and Lasqueti Island. The qRD provides some services, through contract, to Tla’amin Nation. To learn more please visit qathet.ca.

 

CONTACT:

 

Ryan Thoms, Manager of Emergency Services

#202 – 4675 Marine Avenue

Powell River, BC  V8A 2L2

P: 604∙485∙2260 | E: emergency@qathet.ca

 

Upcoming Evacuation Workshops

These free workshops are designed for community members, organizations, and first responders. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please register early, as spaces are limited. For more information and to register, contact the qRD Evacuation Planning Assistant at epa.qrd@gmail.com or call 250-267-8621.

 

The workshops will be held on the following dates and locations:

 

April 6 – Lasqueti Island

Location: Lasqueti Community Hall (Main Road, Lasqueti Island)

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

 

April 13 – Powell River*

Location: Powell River Recreation Complex, Poplar Room (5001 Joyce Ave, Powell River)

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

 

April 14 – Texada Island

Location: Texada Community Hall, Gillies Bay (4913 Gillies Bay Road, Gillies Bay)

Time: 11 am – 3 pm

 

In partnership with Texada Emergency Services and Community Emergency Preparedness Fair, the qRD will be hosting Resilient Community Evacuation Workshop Presentations. Emergency Preparedness activities will be facilitated by the Gillies Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Van Anda Volunteer Fire Department, BC Ambulance Service, FireSmart, Red Cross, Powell River Search and Rescue, qathet Emergency Radio Communications Unit, and more.

 

April 17 – Powell River*

Location: Powell River Recreation Complex, Poplar Room (5001 Joyce Ave, Powell River)

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

 

April 27 – South of Town

Location: Kelly Creek Community School, Gymnasium (2341 Zillinsky Rd, Powell River/Kelly Creek)

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

 

April 28 – Lund and Surrounding Area

Location: Northside Community Recreation Centre, Lund (9665 Larson Road, Lund)

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

 

*For the City of Powell River workshops, register with the Powell River Recreation Complex online
at powellriverprc.ca, phone 604-485-2891, or stop by the Recreation Complex in person.