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NORTH PARK COMMUNITY SAFETY COMMITTEE

As part of our efforts to make the North Park area an even better place to live, we are initiating a process to find out just what ‘safety’ means to you in North Park. If you have any ideas or suggestions – of if you have any safety issues or concerns, please get in touch at npnaca_wp596@npna.ca or make use of the following resources.

Report an Emergency

If there is an emergency or any risk of injury or a crime is in progress please call 911.

Report a Non-Emergency Crime

To report crimes of a less serious nature than those requiring a 911 call – you can call the Victoria Police Department (VicPD) at (250) 995 – 7654 or use the online reporting feature here.

Report a Bylaw Violation

To report a bylaw violation please contact the City of Victoria Bylaw complaints division here

Emergency Preparedness

Victoria has a one in three (32%) probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years, and in addition to risk of earthquakes, is also prone to hazards including tsunamis, weather events and pandemics.

The Victoria Emergency Management Agency (VEMA) is the City of Victoria’s resource for helping our community prepare for an emergency. Responsible for coordinating an emergency response in the event of a disaster, VEMA also educates and empowers Victoria citizens on how to be “emergency prepared.” This is accomplished through emergency preparedness training events, exercises, and public education. Visit the VEMA website for more information about how to get prepared and to find out about upcoming workshop dates.

Stay Informed

  • Visit the VicPD website at www.vicpd.ca
  • For most current updates please follow VicPD on twitter (@VicPDCanada or www.twitter.com/vicpdcanada )
  • Want to see what calls for service the VicPD responds to where you live? Visit the VicPD Crime Reports online tool here
  • For mobile updates we recommend to download the VicPD app, please visit www.vicpd.ca/mobile for more information

January 2015 Emergency Preparedness Workshop Summary

“Victoria has a one in three (32%) probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years, and in addition to risk of earthquakes, is also prone to hazards including tsunamis, weather events and pandemics.”

A Synopsis of the January 20. 2015 workshop presented by a person employed by our City on behalf of The Victoria Emergency Management Agency (VEMA), our community resource to help us prepare for an emergency.

Resource Containers

Those are the large metal containers that you will have noticed around different neighbourhoods. They contain such things as cots and blankets along with many other emergency supplies. Their contents will be accessed by an “Evacuation Assistance Team” at the time of an emergency.

Shelters, Parks and Camping

There are over 100 buildings in Victoria designated as shelters to be accessed by the public in case of emergency. There is no published list of these shelters as many of them are not entirely earthquake proof and therefore may not be available to you. Use your BATTERY enabled radio tuned to CFAX for announcements and directions to shelters and designated parks set up for camping.


Introduction

There is a 1 in 3 chance of an earthquake here in the next 50 years.  It will damage buildings, utilities, homes, businesses.  There will be injuries and death.   Not everything will be damaged, but those who are prepared are more resilient.

There are 3 types of earthquake that are defined by their length:  seconds; up to a minute; and more than a minute.

There will be a shudder or jolt. There could be a rolling sensation. The sounds could be like a truck or a bang or a grinding.

We cannot outrun an earthquake! So what can we do?

During

In a building: DROP COVER HOLD ON 

DO NOT stand in a doorway; sit or lay by a table; run from a building.

Injuries happen when people run because they will fall and things may well fall onto you.

In a car: pull over, avoid power lines and being next to a building.

Near a building: protect yourself as best you can. (eg. cover your head and neck with arms, or briefcase or backpack)

In a wheelchair:  lock wheels, lean forward holding hands and arms over head and neck.

When the earthquake has stopped

Tend to yourself first then check on others around you.

Have a buddy and check in with them through your preplanned strategy. (eg meet up place, text)

Evacuate the building you may be in if there is obvious damage.

There will be utility disruptions (water/power); unstable items in and outside of buildings, broken glass and glass in frames but now unstable.

If there is a power outage call BC Hydro and report it; keep fridges and freezers closed; close blinds to keep heat in your building/home.

Getting Around

Cars may encounter blocked roads.

Stay put, initially. Walk or us a bicycle.

How about preparedness?

“Survival Kits”: Always store these kits somewhere accessible, eg. at the office, in the car, in your home.  Don’t forget, water use is 4 litres per person per day. Emergency purification of water: 2 drops clorox bleach per litre of water. The new normal is prepare for 7 days or more self-sufficiency. Put into these kits things like food, water, medications, bleach to purify water, and warm clothing. Do not forget a can opener and flashlight!  If you have children and pets, consider their needs too. Do you have a medical device that requires electricity?  Think about alternative ways of powering it.

Understand your Utilities: Know where the shut-offs for your water, electricity and gas are located. Gas can be turned off by the homeowner but NOT on again.  Turn off INDIVIDUAL electricity breakers first and then the big main one. Turn them on in the opposite way.

Secure Your Space: Take an inventory of your home/apartment/garage/work and decide what is unsafe then what you want to do about it eg. heavy pictures hung over your bed or lots of glass vases on top of kitchen cabinets.

Reconnect: plan in advance how to reconnect with friends, family and pets. Have an out-of-town contact person who can receive calls from all separated family members to save time searching for someone already safe. Have a cell phone charger in your Kit and one in your car that works by plugging into a battery or one that is solar powered. Have your battery operated radio. DO NOT use streaming from a smart phone. Stay off landlines, these will be overloaded. Use text vs voice as text uses less power.

Backups:  back up your computer hard drive with a password. Keep your insurance documents safe and have earthquake insurance!

Random Tips

Keep some cash on hand.  ATM’s may be out of order.

Have a pair of shoes under the bed with a flashlight.

Keep a flashlight in every room

Stock up on dust masks.

Ensure your fire extinguishers are up to date.

ATTEND A PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP

More Information

PrepareVictoria.ca

PrepareYourself.ca

Embc.gov.bc.ca

Facebook:  “Like” the City of Victoria-Local Government and the Victoria Emergency Management Agency.

Twitter:  Follow @EmergencyInfoBC and @CityofVictoria.

Tsunami

There are 2 types

1. We feel the earthquake and 2. we do not feel the earthquake.

In Victoria we will be fine with the second unless we are out on the water.

The first is a long duration earthquake and if we are within a block of the ocean then go to higher ground. The Tsunami will arrive within 75 minutes. There are no warning sirens in Victoria so listen to local CFAX radio. 

How to protect yourself: Seek higher ground on foot. DO NOT use a vehicle. Help others. Listen to the radio. If on a boat, get to shore or go to deeper water.

Submitted by: Charles Joerin, Safety Committee, NPNA