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General News · 22nd February 2018
Shaun Koopman
Cortes Islanders

What I am about to say is likely something you already know, that your first responders are of the highest quality. On Saturday February 17 from 12-4pm we ran a wildfire tabletop exercise at the Klahoose Administration Building with members from BC Ambulance, RCMP, Cortes Island Fire Department, Cortes Island Emergency Social Services, BC Wildfire, Health, and Emergency Communications in attendance. Overall over 30 people, mostly volunteers, gave up a some-what beautiful Sunday to prepare to make the island a safer place. I would especially like to thank Chief Mac Diver, BCAS Unit Chief Kim Robertson, ESS Director Odette Auger and Emergency Communication Leaders Amanda/Barry Glickman for providing solid leadership within their respective organizations.

The start of garden season is close at hand, and fire season will follow. I have made all community-specific emergency resources available at www.strathconard.ca/preparedness for your viewing please. If you are interested in learning more about wildfires on Cortes Island the link to Cortes Island-specific resources are below.

Cortes Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This plan defines wildfire threat risk areas within and adjacent to the community for interface fires -> https://strathconaregionaldistrict.civicweb.net/document/1420

Cortes Island Evacuation Map -> https://strathconaregionaldistrict.civicweb.net/document/2999/CortesEvacZones2016_v2.png?handle=6D27851DEC144811BB80C47E8128CEE0

FireSmart Homeowner's Manual -> https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/homeowner-firesmart.pdf

Questions or comments? I can be reached at 250-830-6702 or skoopmansrd.ca