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Free Mastering Disaster Event

By ALLEN MCDERMID

On Saturday May 12th Ladysmith Fire/Rescue and Ladysmith Ground Search and Rescue, in conjunction with TAKE 5 Magazine, the Town of Ladysmith and the CVRD, will be holding a FREE public event at the Ladysmith Fire hall at 340 6th Avenue. The event, MASTERING DISASTER – Emergency Preparedness, is designed to help all of us to be prepared when a disaster strikes.

The event will start at noon and will include members from the RDN, CVRD Public Safety, LFR, LSAR and other organizations.  The public will learn the fundamentals of disaster preparedness as well as have an opportunity to talk to the experts.

Mastering Disaster will feature speaker Sybille Sanderson, who is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the CVRD. Sybille utilizes visual media and will speak on what is needed to have a plan in place when disaster strikes. Fire Chief Ray Delcourt will be speaking about preparedness at home and having a family safety plan in place. There will also be a representative from the BC Wildfire services with a presentation on wildfires.

In the event of a major disaster on Vancouver Island you may be on your own for a least 7 days. Are you prepared for this?  Disasters are not part of our everyday lives. Developing plans and organizing yourselves is the only way to increase your chances of surviving a real disaster.

Please attend and listen to the speakers and view the videos. There will also be static displays from The Royal Canadian Marine SAR, St. John Ambulance, Adventure Smart, Block Watch, and local businesses that will provide you with valuable information. There also will be demos, draws for prizes and more.

Did you know that everyone should be prepared for 72 hours in the event of an emergency? Do you have plans, shelter and provisions in place for you, your family, those in your family with a disability, your pets or livestock? Come to this free event and learn to be prepared!

Ready for an emergency?

Last year alone, LSAR volunteer members were called out 21 times to look, and assist other SAR teams, for lost or injured people on land or in rivers and inland lakes. Some of these calls could have been prevented if the person(s) involved would have taken the time to prepare themselves for their adventure. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to gear up for your hike.

Things you should pack depending on how far you plan to hike. Here are some items to include in your backpack.

  • Flashlight, • Fire making kit • Whistle or mirror • Extra food and water • Extra clothing • GPS/cell phone • First aid kit • Emergency shelter • Pocket knife • Sun protection

Clothing should include a wicking shirt, quick drying pants/shorts, hat, rain jacket/pants, and fleece or soft shell. Footwear should be hiking boots or trail runners. Pack extra socks. Check the weather, keep to the trail and be “Bear & Cougar aware.”

Always tell someone where you are going and what time you should be back. When you start your hike, take a selfie with your cell at the trail head and send it to a friend or family. This will give SAR teams an idea where you were and what you were wearing, just in case you are lost or injured.

If you’re lost STAY WHERE YOU ARE. SAR teams are made up of highly trained volunteers, and if dispatched, they will be calling your name and blowing their whistles when searching. If you hear them, callout or use your whistle. They are there to help you and bring you home. For more info visit adventuresmart.ca

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