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General News · 23rd January 2019
Shaun Koopman
On Monday January 21 we held the first Cortes Island Emergency Preparedness Committee (CIEPC) meeting of 2019.

The CIEPC serves as the primary planning vehicle between first responders, emergency program volunteer and community groups with a vested interest in emergency management and disaster risk reduction. We work with an intent of developing actions in response to issues as well as developing pro-active plans in anticipation of emerging community issues.

Our last meeting was attended by representatives from the Regional District, BCEHS, Cortes Island Fire Department, Family Support, CKTZ 89.5FM, Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program coordinators and Emergency Communications. Representatives from the Health Centre, Emergency Social Services and RCMP also regularly attend these meetings.

Some of the items from Monday’s meeting included:
• Supporting the development of Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Programs on Cortes Island;
• A review of the Multi-Casualty Incident training day coordinated by BCEHS and attended by Quadra and Cortes BCEHS paramedics, Cortes Island Fire Department, Health Centre Representatives and the RCMP.
• Coordinating public emergency broadcast messaging through CKTZ 89.5FM
• Through a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities the Strathcona RD will be able to help CIEPC stockpile mass casualty first aid items; to be determined through BC Ambulance and the Health Centre representatives
• The biggest item of them all, the interface fire exercise we are planning on Cortes Island.

You may remember that last year we hosted the Emergency Preparedness Fair / Chilli Cook Off. We are hoping to run the same event this year in the Fall, but with the exercise planning that is taking place we are seeking volunteers to help coordinate. We will require volunteers to coordinate activities, manage the chilli cookoff, organize information booths, organize and collect prizes and raffle items, etc. If you are interested, please contact Amanda or Barry Glickman, or 250 935-0220.