The recent tsunami alert on the coast of BC serves as a reminder that emergencies can happen at any time. Are you ready for an emergency? The NEPP arranges free workshops for the public on topics related to individual and neighbourhood preparedness in the event of an emergency. Plan to attend these upcoming workshops and be prepared.
Workshop 1: Individual and Family Preparedness
Course details: The Provincial Emergency Program lists 57 natural or man made hazards we might be subject to in British Columbia. This two-hour session will walk you through assessing the risks, making a plan and preparing a kit to help you sustain yourself and family in a disaster. Being better prepared means you will recover and resume normal living quicker following a catastrophic event.
When: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 or Wednesday April 7, 2010 (choose one), 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Workshop 2: Disaster First Aid
Course details: This six-hour course is comprised of two 3-hour hands-on sessions. You will learn first aid in a disaster. Practical skills will be taught and practiced using basic supplies. Learn how to triage in a mass casualty situation. Practice splinting a broken limb. Other useful first aid tips and techniques you can use to take care of your loved ones following a disaster when usual and familiar medical aid might be delayed or unavailable.
When: Tuesday April 13 & Wednesday April 14, 2010, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Workshop 3: Light Urban Search and Rescue (LUSAR)
Prerequisites:Workshops 1 and 2
Course details: Following a seismic event (earthquake) or other major disaster, usual rescue personnel may be delayed or prevented from getting to your neighbourhood to effect search and/or rescue in home structures. As part of your preparedness plans, this two-part session will help you learn to spot signs if a building is 'unsafe' to enter following a collapse. Learn how to form a search team, how to mount the search, building search techniques and tips for staying safe while conducting a search operation. We will also discuss how to bring someone out safely. This two-part session will be comprised of one evening in lecture, and theory discussion with a second evening of 'hands on' practical skills where we will mount an actual search and rescue in an abandoned building to use the skills and to practice the theory learned in the previous session.
When: Tuesday April 27, 2010, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Hands on Search and Rescue Session
When: Wednesday April 28th, 2010, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact:
Keith Davies, Director Emergency Social Services