COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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To help keep BC safe, these province-wide restrictions have been extended until February 16. Most recent information is available here.

  • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed.
  • Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity. Limiting venues of 1,000 individuals or more to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC vaccine card QR code. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies.
  • Bars, nightclubs and lounges remain closed.
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have a maximum of six people at each table.
  • Gyms and fitness centres can reopen on January 20 with strict capacity limits and operating restrictions.

These provincial health office orders continue until at least January 31.

  • Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus ten visitors or one other household. Everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
  • The BC vaccine card is required for organized events of any size.
  • At restaurants, cafes and pubs, customers must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated
  • All sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.

In addition to the provincial health officer orders, British Columbians are advised to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, ensure proper ventilation indoors, avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated and follow the travel advisory issued by the federal government to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus is available from Island Health.

Information about booster dose is available from the province at this link. The information explains priority groups and the requirement to wait until contacted.

The BC Government website provides detailed information about the vaccine card system and how to download the card. A digital version may be saved to your phone or tablet or a copy can be printed to carry in your wallet. Both options will be accepted. The website also provides an option to order a paper copy by phone 1 833 838-2323 (open daily, 7 am to 7 pm).


To help keep BC safe, these province-wide restrictions have been extended until February 16. Most recent information is available here.

  • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed.
  • Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity. Limiting venues of 1,000 individuals or more to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC vaccine card QR code. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies.
  • Bars, nightclubs and lounges remain closed.
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have a maximum of six people at each table.
  • Gyms and fitness centres can reopen on January 20 with strict capacity limits and operating restrictions.

These provincial health office orders continue until at least January 31.

  • Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus ten visitors or one other household. Everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
  • The BC vaccine card is required for organized events of any size.
  • At restaurants, cafes and pubs, customers must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated
  • All sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.

In addition to the provincial health officer orders, British Columbians are advised to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, ensure proper ventilation indoors, avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated and follow the travel advisory issued by the federal government to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus is available from Island Health.

Information about booster dose is available from the province at this link. The information explains priority groups and the requirement to wait until contacted.

The BC Government website provides detailed information about the vaccine card system and how to download the card. A digital version may be saved to your phone or tablet or a copy can be printed to carry in your wallet. Both options will be accepted. The website also provides an option to order a paper copy by phone 1 833 838-2323 (open daily, 7 am to 7 pm).

  • EMO News Release - January 19, 2022

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    The Omicron variant continues to be far more transmissible compared to other COVID-19 variants. Yesterday, the public health officer extended orders until at least February 16 when they will be reviewed. The public health officer continues to recommend a COVID-19 vaccination as the most effective prevention measure to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19.

    Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus is available from Island Health. Everyone 18 years and older will be invited to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine about six months after they received their second dose. Information about the booster is available here.

    Province-wide restrictions
    To help keep BC safe, these province-wide restrictions have been extended until February 16. Most recent information is available here.

    • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed.
    • Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity. Limiting venues of 1,000 individuals or more to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC vaccine card QR code. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies.
    • Bars, nightclubs and lounges remain closed.
    • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have a maximum of six people at each table.
    • Gyms and fitness centres can reopen on January 20 with strict capacity limits and operating restrictions.

    These provincial health office orders continue until at least January 31.

    • Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus ten visitors or one other household. Everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
    • The BC vaccine card is required for organized events of any size.
    • At restaurants, cafes and pubs, customers must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated
    • All sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.

    In addition to the provincial health officer orders, British Columbians are advised to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, ensure proper ventilation indoors, avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated and follow the travel advisory issued by the federal government to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

    This link provides a comprehensive list of COVID-19 orders and notices through the public health office.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall is open to the public with full services. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays). Although the office is open, residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the other payment options including payment through your financial institution; mail a cheque; or drop off a cheque at Town Hall drop box (location below). If you do wish to visit Town Hall to conduct business, masks are mandatory while in the building.

    City of Parksville
    City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and our operations department from 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm.

    Information for the public when visiting:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only.
    • Masks are mandatory while in the building.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with protocols on distancing and masks.
    • Access to the Vancouver Island Library is from 100 Jensen Avenue East.
    • Main floor washrooms are open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person; however, attendance is limited. Meetings may be viewed from the City’s website.
    • If sick, please stay home.
    • Refer to the City website and Let’s Talk Parksville for more information.

    BC Centre for Disease Control
    Island Health
    Vaccine info - 1 833 838-2323
    Medical COVID-19 information - 811
    Proof of vaccination info

    For information, contact:

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • City to Require Vaccines for Municipal Employees

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    January 17, 2022

    In our continued commitment to protect the health and safety of our workforce and the public, the City announced earlier this month we would be instituting a mandatory vaccination policy for employees. This operational safety measure will take effect February 22.

    City employees, contractors, volunteers, and on-call firefighters have the choice to take rapid tests if they do not wish to declare their vaccination status. Termination is not being considered for workers who are not vaccinated.

    Implemented by the City’s chief administrative officer, this decision was made with input from the medical health officer, senior staff, CUPE Local 401 and with guidance from WorkSafe BC and is one of the many ways we are working to reduce the workplace risks associated with contracting COVID 19 and to minimize negative impacts on workers.

    Business continuity is a critical consideration for governments and this initiative, along with the many other protocols adopted since March 2020, will contribute to the uninterrupted provision of essential municipal services. The decision to implement mandatory vaccinations is consistent with federal, provincial, and other local governments within British Columbia that have also announced vaccine mandates.

    For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://letstalkparksville.ca/covid-19

  • EMO News Release - January 10, 2022

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    We hope your holidays were relatively uneventful despite the snow, wind and rain we recently experienced. We wish you and your families, the best for 2022, may it be a safe and healthy year.

    Protect Your Property from Melting Snow
    Snow looks lovely on greeting cards, but when it starts to melt, it can wreak havoc on your home. Large amounts of water can clog gutters, damage drainpipes if frozen or even saturate foundation material. That's why, to help protect your home from melting snow, you need to be proactive. By taking time to minimize the risk of melting snow from damaging your property, you can protect your investment and help you and your family enjoy a safe, warm and comfortable home all winter long.

    Prevention is the key to protecting your home from excess snow, ice and the resulting snowmelt runoff. Here are a few tips:

    Your roof
    Have your roof inspected and, if necessary, repaired by a professional roofing contractor. That way, you can make sure there are no leaks that could result in water damage. Heat from the attic can melt rooftop snow, leading to ice buildup and the collection of even more water on the roof. Adding insulation to the attic helps prevent this and saves on energy costs.

    Clear away snow from around your home
    When all that snow melts, water will inevitably seep into the construction materials of your home. First, clear the roof snow and then circle your foundation, clearing most of the snow to four to six feet. Then when the snow does melt, it will be well away from the foundation.

    Clear snow from the roof
    Once you've cleared sufficient space around your home and made sure the driveway and walkways aren't slippery, you can clear your roof. Don’t climb on your roof adding weight along with the danger of sliding off. Stand on a sturdy ladder; it's best if someone holds it to keep it stable and use a roof rake to remove excess snow.

    Make sure the gutters and downspouts are free of debris
    All that melting snow has to runoff your roof and away from your property. Check the gutters and downspouts, and if there's any buildup of dirt and debris, scoop it out and dispose of it appropriately. It’s important to install correctly sized gutters and downspouts to carry the expected water from both rain and snow and the downspout extensions along with the landscape grading need to move the water well away from the foundation.

    Clean the drains
    Your downspouts should be positioned so they lead water to the drainage system. Clear the drains of any debris, so water won't pool in those areas.

    Basement or crawl space waterproofing
    Install waterproofing measures such as an interior drainage system and sump pump that removes water before damage occurs. Fix any cracks in the foundation before they let in water or expand with freezing. When water levels are high after a thaw, your sump pump leads water away from your basement to prevent flooding. Refer to the manufacturer's manual to run a check on the device to see if it's in good working order. If it isn't, call a plumber to have it repaired as soon as possible. With existing sump pump systems, make sure the drain lines are working and the backup battery is fully operational.

    Foundation insulation
    Heat escaping through foundation walls can lead to snow melting around the basement or crawl space. This leads to soil saturation, hydrostatic pressure build-up, cracks, and flooding. Additional insulation can help prevent this and save on heating costs.

    Sources: ENCOMPASS, CBC, University of Waterloo

    Here's an explanation about snow melt, research from the University of Waterloo.

    Understanding the status of your power outage
    There are many individuals working behind the scenes to restore your power, especially in the event of a major storm or emergency.

    When there is a power outage, BC Hydro provides a list of outages and outage map which show the status of your outage and the process. Here’s what each means:

    • No crew assigned - a crew hasn’t been assigned to the outage yet. BC Hydro is working around the clock to get power restored but there are no updates at this point.
    • Crew assigned - a crew has been assigned to the area and your outage is on their list to tackle when they can.
    • Crew on their way - a crew is on its way to investigate your outage.
    • Crew on-site - a crew is working to investigate the cause of the outage and determine the required repairs and with an estimated time of restoration (ETR) soon.
    • Changed from assigned to not-assigned - the crew may have been called away to address an immediate safety issue or emergency, other work took longer than anticipated, or additional damage was found, and resources were shifted.
    • Suspended - the initial crew that arrived and assessed the problem needed different equipment. This usually means heavy equipment or materials like new poles, or additional personnel to tackle the problem and it's not currently assigned to a specific crew.

    The above is from the BC Hydro website which includes much more information about types of outages, the process to restore outages, and how outages are prioritized.

    COVID-19
    As we begin 2022, the Omicron variant is proving to be far more transmissible compared to other COVID-19 variants. The public health officer advises the most effective prevention measure to reduce the risk of infection from COVID is vaccination.

    Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus is available from Island Health. Everyone 18 years and older will be invited to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine about six months after they received their second dose. Information about the booster is available here.

    Last week, the City of Parksville announced steps to prepare for a mandatory vaccination policy. Employees, contractors, volunteers and on-call firefighters will be required to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Details of the policy and implementation plan are now being finalized.

    Province-wide restrictions
    To help keep BC safe, province-wide restrictions are in effect until January 18. Most recent information is available here.

    • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed.
    • Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies.
    • Bars, nightclubs and lounges are closed.
    • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have a maximum of six people at each table.
    • Adult gyms, fitness centres and dance studios are closed.

    As well, the provincial health officer announced revised orders which will be in effect until January 31, 2022. These orders address rising COVID-19 case counts and include:

    • Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus ten visitors or one other household. Everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
    • The BC vaccine card is required for organized events of any size.
    • At restaurants, cafes and pubs, customers must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated
    • Limiting venues of 1,000 individuals or more to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC vaccine card QR code.
    • All sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.

    In addition to the provincial health officer orders, British Columbians are advised to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, ensure proper ventilation indoors, avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated and follow the travel advisory issued by the federal government to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall is open to the public with full services. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays). Although the office is open, residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the other payment options including payment through your financial institution; mail a cheque; or drop off a cheque at Town Hall drop box (location below). If you do wish to visit Town Hall to conduct business, masks are mandatory while in the building.

    City of Parksville
    City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and our operations department from 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm.

    Information for the public when visiting:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only.
    • Masks are mandatory while in the building.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with protocols on distancing and masks.
    • Access to the Vancouver Island Library is from 100 Jensen Avenue East.
    • Main floor washrooms are open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person; however, attendance is limited. Meetings may be viewed from the City’s website.
    • If sick, please stay home.
    • Refer to the City website and Let’s Talk Parksville for more information.

    BC Centre for Disease Control
    Island Health
    Vaccine info - 1 833 838-2323
    Medical COVID-19 information - 811
    Proof of vaccination info

    For information, contact:

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • City of Parksville to Require Vaccines for Municipal Employees

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    In our continuing commitment to protect the health and safety of the City’s workforce and the public, the City of Parksville is taking steps to prepare for a mandatory vaccination policy for its employees. Details of the policy and implementation plan will be finalized in the coming days. Employees, contractors, volunteers and on-call firefighters will be required to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has followed the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC orders and guidelines and has been monitoring the effectiveness of our COVID-19 protocols. Staff have been diligent in adhering to the City’s WorksafeBC Communicable Disease Plan which has greatly reduced the risk for our workforce.

    Senior City staff have maintained regular communications with neighbouring governments and the Vancouver Island Medial Health Officer throughout the pandemic. We continue to review best practices for the protection of our staff and the public to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and enable the City to provide uninterrupted essential and important municipal services.

    The decision to implement mandatory vaccinations is consistent with federal, provincial, and other local governments within British Columbia that have also announced vaccine mandates.

    For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://letstalkparksville.ca/covid-19

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    dtardiff@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

  • EMO News Release - December 30

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    It’s the time of the year when we gather with family and friends. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, it’s so important we keep our gatherings small and in line with the current public health order. Please stay safe, our very best to you in 2022.

    Over the holidays while we are “snowed in,” and it feels like winter will never end, please consider those who may need extra support by checking with neighbours and friends (bonus points if you bring soup!). The weather can be more than just inconvenient to some in our community. Here are a few ways we can make a difference; we know there are many more!

    • Shovel your neighbour’s walkway and/or driveway.
    • Brush the snow and ice from their vehicle
    • Clear snow from street signs, storm sewer grates, fire hydrants and mailboxes if they’re covered with snow. It benefits everyone’s safety.
    • Offer to pick up groceries or prescriptions for someone while driving is not great
    • Offer to get a neighbour’s mail if sidewalks are snow packed.

    Province-wide restrictions
    To help keep BC safe, province-wide restrictions are in effect until January 18. Most recent information is available here.

    • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed. This includes gatherings like New Year's Eve parties, weddings or other celebrations.
    • Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies.
    • Bars, nightclubs and lounges are closed.
    • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have a maximum of six people at each table.
    • Adult gyms, fitness centres and dance studios are closed.

    As well, the provincial health officer announced revised orders which will be in effect until January 31, 2022. These orders address rising COVID-19 case counts and include:

    • Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus ten visitors or one other household. Everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
    • The BC vaccine card is required for organized events of any size.
    • At restaurants, cafes and pubs, customers must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated
    • Limiting venues of 1,000 individuals or more to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC vaccine card QR code.
    • All sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.
    • All New Year’s Eve organized gatherings and events are restricted to being seated-only events, with no mingling or dancing allowed.

    In addition to the provincial health officer orders, British Columbians are advised to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, ensure proper ventilation indoors, avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated and follow the travel advisory issued by the federal government to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

    Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus is available from Island Health. Information about booster doses at this link. This link explains priority groups and the requirement to wait until contacted.

    Island Health Looks Back and Looks Ahead
    Posted by Island Health today, we are passing it along for information. A reflection on 2021 and the challenges Omicron will present in 2022.

    For information, contact:

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • EMO News Release - December 22

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    To help keep BC safe, the public health officer introduced province-wide restrictions now in effect until January 18, 2022. Most recent information is available here.

    • Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed. This includes gatherings like New Year's Eve parties, weddings or other celebrations.
    • Indoor events at venues can only have 50% capacity. This includes events like concerts, sports or movies.
    • Bars, nightclubs and lounges are closed.
    • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have a maximum of six people at each table.
    • Adult gyms, fitness centres and dance studios are closed.

    As of December 20, the provincial health officer announced revised orders in effect until January 31, 2022. These orders address rising COVID-19 case counts and include:

    • Indoor personal gatherings are limited to your household plus ten visitors or one other household. Everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
    • The BC vaccine card is required for organized events of any size.
    • At restaurants, cafes and pubs, customers must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated
    • Limiting venues of 1,000 individuals or more to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC vaccine card QR code.
    • All sports tournaments and related travel are not allowed.
    • All New Year’s Eve organized gatherings and events are restricted to being seated-only events, with no mingling or dancing allowed.

    In addition to the provincial health officer orders, British Columbians are advised to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, ensure proper ventilation indoors, avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated and follow the travel advisory issued by the federal government to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

    Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus is available from Island Health.

    Information about booster dose is available from the province at this link. The information explains priority groups and the requirement to wait until contacted.

    Please take care, be safe. See you in 2022.

    For information, contact:

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • EMO News Release - December 20

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    December 20, 2021

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    The provincial health officer announced revised orders which are now in effect, extended to January 31, 2022. These orders address rising COVID-19 case counts and include:

    Limited indoor, personal gatherings, including in rental and vacation properties to the household/residents plus ten individuals, or one additional household maximum if all are aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

    • The BC vaccine card is required for organized events of all sizes and ensuring the QR code is scanned at events.
    • Seating requirements and restricted movement between tables at food and liquor-serving premises and reinforcing the need to wear masks when not seated.
    • Limiting venues of 1,000 individuals or more to 50% of the seated capacity with reinforced masking requirements and scanning of the BC vaccine card QR code.
    • Pause for all sports tournaments while the order is in effect.
    • All New Year’s Eve organized gatherings and events are restricted to being seated-only events, with no mingling or dancing allowed.

    In addition to the provincial health officer orders, British Columbians are advised to limit indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated, to ensure proper ventilation indoors, to avoid all travel if not fully vaccinated and to follow the travel advisory issued by the federal government to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada.

    Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus is available from this Island Health link.
    https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19

    The provincial health officer revised orders may be viewed at this link:
    https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0230-002414

    Information about booster dose is available from the province at this link. The information explains priority groups and the requirement to wait until contacted.
    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/booster

    Please take care over the holidays and above all, safe and healthy. See you in 2022.

    For information, contact:

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • EMO News Release - November 10

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    So far this month, the west coast of BC has seen its share of rain and wind with the prediction of more storms to come. Windstorms generally seem to be stronger and as we saw recently, an extremely rare tornado near UBC which seems to indicate more extreme weather for our region.

    So, all this begs the question, are you prepared for winter storms and power outages? BC Hydro PowerSmart recently released the results of a survey conducted across BC showing how preparedness for storm-related power outages varies across the province. This report is worth a skim – some interesting facts as well as solutions and checklists to be better prepared for what may well be a challenging storm season ahead.

    • Vancouver Islanders are a close second (to those living in Lower Mainland) in preparation, with 58 per cent reporting taking steps to prepare for outages, and 53 per cent having an emergency kit.
    • However, just 22 per cent of Vancouver Islanders think their region is the most prepared overall for storm-related outages.

    Ready, set, storm - How preparedness for storm-related power outages vary across BC

    The survey also included some stats about our reliance on mobile phones.

    • During a storm-related power outage, 65% of Vancouver Islanders said it was important or very important to have access to their cellular phone.
    • Although the report doesn’t provide stats for us Islanders, it does say that 13% of Lower Mainlanders would rather go without their partner for a day during a power outage than their cellphone. Seriously…

    Communicating In An Emergency
    After a disaster you will want to confirm your family and friends are safe. It may be difficult to make phone calls because of the damage to infrastructure and the sheer volume of people calls.

    Try text messaging on your mobile phone. A text message may get through even when the voice component of the cellular network is congested. Short text messages are sent via the cell-site control channel, which is always available, rather than over the limited number of voice channels available for telephone calls.

    Making use of email and social media sites are also part of a good emergency communication plan. You can predefine who you want to contact with your status. In recent disasters, these methods have proven to be excellent ways to communicate.

    Before an Emergency
    The use of "out of area" contacts is another effective way to communicate. Although local phone systems may be tied-up after a disaster, long distance circuits are often unaffected and can be used effectively to check on your loved ones.

    • Ask a relative or friend who lives out-of-province to be your out-of-area contact. This person will be your "message board" after an emergency or disaster.
    • Print and complete an out-of-area contact card with your contact's name and phone number for each family member to carry in their wallet, purse or backpack. Obtain two contacts if possible.
    • Put your "out of area" contact number in your mobile phone contact list as well. The stress of a disaster event may make it difficult to remember routine phone numbers.
    • Tell your family and friends who live outside BC to call your "out of area" contact to share information about you and your family after a disaster. This will help to relieve some of the congestion on the local telephone system.

    After an Emergency

    • You may not hear from anyone within the first several hours following a disaster. It could take up to 24 hours or longer for a family member to get access to a phone line.
    • When it is safe to do so, try contacting loved ones via text message or email to report in where you are and where you plan to be.
    • If able, call your out-of-area contact and report in. Find out if other family members have checked in. Indicate when you will try calling again. Keep your calls short.

    Stay Connected Online
    For those active on social media, in addition to EMO, you may wish to consider following these organizations on Facebook. Next month we will share the best emergency Twitter accounts to follow.

    @EmergencyInfoBC
    @DestinationBC
    @BCGovWildfireInfo
    @PreparedBC
    @Get_Prepared
    @DriveBC
    @RoadSafetyBC
    @CDCofBC
    @ECCCWeatherBC
    @BCForestFireInfo


    We Remember, November 11

    Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall is open to the public with full services. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays).

    Although the office is open, residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the other payment options including payment through your financial institution; mail a cheque; or drop off a cheque at Town Hall drop box (location below). During utility billing, for online or telephone banking payments, select “Qualicum Beach, Town of - Utilities” as the payee and enter your account number. Please contact your branch if you require assistance. If you do wish to visit Town Hall to conduct business, masks are mandatory while in the building.

    City of Parksville
    City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and our operations department is open 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm. Information for the public when visiting:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only.
    • Masks are mandatory while in the building.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with protocols on distancing and masks.
    • For now, access to the Vancouver Island Library continues to be the outside entrance, east parking lot.
    • Main floor washrooms are open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person; however, attendance is limited. Meetings are webstreamed, live and archived, from the City’s website.
    • If sick, please stay home.
    • Refer to the City website and Let’s Talk Parksville for more information.

    BC Centre for Disease Control
    Island Health
    Vaccine info - 1 833 838-2323
    Medical COVID-19 information - 811
    Proof of vaccination info

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca






  • EMO News Release - October 18

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    October 18, 2021

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    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to fall! As you will see from this enewsletter, Emergency Management Oceanside has been extremely busy, more so than usual it would appear. We hope you are all staying safe, hunkering down for winter weather which we are sure is lurking just around the corner. Don’t forget, winter tires or chains are required on most routes in our province from October 1 to April 30. MAP

    Update on EMO activities
    On October 4, emergency program coordinator, Aaron Dawson, updated Parksville Council on Emergency Management Oceanside activities. Here are some of the points from the presentation to provide information on what EMO has been up to so far this year.

    • 36 Oceanside Emergency Support Services (OESS) activations for structure fires within District 69. Three in Qualicum Beach, 13 in Parksville and 20 in the Regional District of Nanaimo. This is more than twice the average number of structure fire-related activations. 22 of these activations resulted in direct need for emergency support services.
    • OESS deployed four volunteers to wildfire support in BC’s interior for 26 days totalling 260 hours of support to the province.
    • Conducted a series of emergency preparedness Zoom workshops and prepared for the launch of the new Canadian Household Emergency Response and Preparedness app.
    • Emergency Program Coordinators, Rob and Aaron, provided remote support to Kamloops PREOC (Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre).
    • Continuing with ongoing COVID-19 response, public notifications, and liaison with province on community orders.

    And here’s what’s next for EMO:

    • EMO is working with consultants for the development of Local Government Departmental Business Continuity Planning, Critical Business Impact Analysis and Contingency Plans for locally identified hazards.
    • EMO secured grant funding and will be purchasing technology for our Oceanside Emergency Support Services and Oceanside Emergency Communications Team volunteer programs to align with Emergency Management BC’s modernization of the provincial emergency program.
    • EMO will continue to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and work with municipal Chief Administrative Officers and HR departments on implementation of provincial orders.
    • Planning has started for the Vancouver Island Emergency Preparedness Conference (VIEPC) for Fall 2022 to be hosted by Emergency Management Oceanside.
    • Preparing staff, volunteers, residents and facilities for our fall and winter storm season

    PQBeat: Emergency programs work in unison
    EMO emergency program coordinators were featured in a PQB Beat podcast which was included in the PQB News on October 6.You may also listen to the podcast on online at this link.

    Get Prepared for 2021 ShakeOut Drill
    We continue to adapt to living and working with the COVID-19 pandemic and while we are doing a great job in adjusting to these new challenges, earthquakes, storms, forest fires and other natural disasters continue to occur.

    We all need to be prepared and one of the ways is to practice how to be safe during an earthquake. The 2021 ShakeOut drill is set for October 21 at 10.21 am.

    Emergency Management Oceanside, on behalf of the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach, encourages residents to participate. Parksville-Qualicum Beach residents can register at shakeoutbc.ca to be counted in the drill and to obtain resources and information. Intended to create public awareness of earthquake hazards and encourage personal preparedness, participants Drop, Cover and Hold On for two minutes in response to a simulated earthquake event.

    When a significant natural disaster occurs around the world, we realize how little we are. We usually take a moment to consider how prepared we are, think about the people affected and speculate about what we, our co-workers, or our loved ones should do in a disaster. COVID-19 is a true reminder of how important it is to be prepared for any disaster.

    The BC Shakeout website has a wealth of information about how to participate and most importantly, how to perform the Drop, Cover and Hold On - a quake-safe action designed to protect people from objects that can become projectiles during ground shaking.

    1. Drop, Cover and Hold On: Drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so that you will immediately protect yourself during an earthquake.
    2. While under the table or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall, what would be damaged, what would life be like after?
    3. Finally, you can practice what you will do after the shaking stops.

    The ShakeOut website also provides a life safety drill designed to engage people to think through their own emergency response actions during the drill, then afterwards review and discuss what worked or what did not, in order to make improvements for the next drill or an actual earthquake. The website also has information on participating at your workplace. If you participated in previous ShakeOut drills, you may wish to consider some next steps after "drop, cover and hold on." When the shaking stops, stay in your place, count to sixty and if nothing has "fallen on you", then it's safe to evacuate.

    Here's how to participate in Shakeout
    Plan Your Drill:

    • Register at shakeoutbc.ca to be counted, get email updates, and more.
    • Have a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill at 10:21 am on October 21.
    • Discuss what you learned and make improvements.

    Get Prepared for Earthquakes:

    • Ensure you have the necessary supplies; you may need to remain in place for several weeks after an earthquake.
    • Do a “hazard hunt” for items that might fall during earthquakes and secure them.
    • Create a personal or family disaster plan. getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx

    Supporting District 69 Fire Departments Boots for Food Drive 2021

    Fire departments in District 69 are gearing up to fill their boots for food! Similar to last year, there will be no door-to-door collection of food or toys. On November 13 and November 14, physically distanced and masked firefighters will collect cash donations for the Salvation Army food bank at locations throughout Oceanside, at their firehalls and some departments will accept donations at their firehalls on November 20 and 21.

    Information on collection by District 69 departments is provided here. Residents should confirm arrangements with their local department. Each year, Oceanside residents generously contribute and firefighters in District 69 look forward to another successful year.

    • Bow Horn Bay Fire Department - Will accept curbside cash and food donations at the Bow Horn Bay firehall
      (220 Lions Way) on Saturday, November 13 from 10 am to 4 pm. bowhornbayvfd.ca
    • Coombs Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department - Members will collect cash donations on November 13 and 14 at locations in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. coombsdata@shaw.ca
    • Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department - The Dashwood firehall (230 Hobbs Road) and Meadowood firehall
      (1800 Galvin Place) will accept curbside food and cash donations on Saturday, November 13 from 9 am to 3 pm. dashwoodvfd.com
    • Deep Bay Fire Department - Saturday, November 20 between 10 am and 2 pm, members will accept food and cash donations at the Deep Bay firehall (5031 Mountainview Road). dbid.ca/Deep-Bay-Fire-Department.php
    • Errington Fire Department - Errington Fire Station # 1 will collect cash and food donations at the Co-op Gas Bar at the corner of Church Road and Alberni Highway on November 14 and November 21, between 10 am and 4 pm. evfd.ca
    • Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department - November 13 between 10 am and 2 pm, firefighters will be at Springford Farms and Nanoose Quality Foods to collect cash donations. As well, residents may purchase Quality Foods gift cards from the Quality Foods in Nanoose rather than a cash donation. Donations will go to the Nanoose Community Cupboard to assist residents in need. nanoosevfd.com
    • Parksville Volunteer Fire Department - Firefighters will collect cash donations for the Salvation Army food bank at several locations throughout the Parksville on November 13 and November 14, from 9 am to 5 pm. Donations of new unwrapped toys will also be accepted for the Society of Organized Services. parksvillefirerescue.ca
    • Qualicum Beach Fire Department - November 13 and 14 from 10 am to 2 pm, firefighters will accept cash donations at the firehall (130 Rupert Road East), outside Qualicum Foods (705 Memorial Avenue) and at the Qualicum Beach BC Liquor Store (706 Primrose Street). qualicumbeach.com

    Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall is open to the public with full services. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays). Although the office is open, residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the other payment options including payment through your financial institution; mail a cheque; or drop off a cheque at Town Hall drop box (location below). If you do wish to attend at Town Hall to conduct business, masks are mandatory while in the building. Contact is through these methods:

    COVID-19 regulations have recently changed, and Town held meetings will now be open to those wishing to attend in person, if masks are worn.

    City of Parksville
    City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and our operations department is open 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm. Information for the public when visiting:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only.
    • Masks are mandatory while in the building.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with protocols on distancing and masks.
    • For now, access to the Vancouver Island Library continues to be the outside entrance, east parking lot.
    • Main floor washrooms are open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person; however, numbers are extremely limited. Meetings are webstreamed live and archived from the City’s website.
    • If sick, please stay home and get tested.
    • Refer to the City website and Let’s Talk Parksville for more information.

    BC Centre for Disease Control
    Island Health
    Vaccine info - 1 833 838-2323
    Medical COVID-19 information - 811
    Proof of vaccination info

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca


  • EMO News Release - September 8

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    BC has implemented rules requiring residents to provide proof of vaccination through a new BC vaccine card to access non-essential businesses and events.

    • Beginning September 13, BC residents 12 years and older will be required to provide proof of at least one dose of vaccine
    • By October 24, only fully vaccinated people will be permitted entry (fully vaccinated seven days after dose 2).
    • This requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to possible extension.

    The BC Government website provides detailed information about the vaccine card system and how to download the card. A digital version may be saved to your phone or tablet or a copy can be printed to carry in your wallet. Both options will be accepted. The website also provides an option to order a paper copy by phone 1 833 838-2323 (open daily, 7 am to 7 pm).

    Every BC vaccine card comes with a unique QR code. BC is using the SMART Health Card QR code format, a requirement of the federal government. This means the QR code only stores the absolute minimum level of information and is not connected to other health records. The registration system became live yesterday and residents are advised there will be wait times.

    To obtain the BC vaccine card, you will be required to provide date of birth, personal health number and the date you received vaccine dose 1 or dose 2.

    Vaccine card transition period to September 26
    The use of the BC vaccine card will be phased in to allow people extra time to transition to their new cards. Until September 26, people will also be able to use the vaccination records they received at BC vaccine clinics or pharmacies as valid proof of vaccination. Starting September 27, only the BC vaccine card will be accepted as proof of vaccination.

    Where will you use the BC vaccine card?
    BC’s provincial health officer has indicated the vaccine card will be required to enter:

    • Indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony and sporting events
    • Licensed restaurants and restaurants that offer table service (indoor and patio dining)
    • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
    • Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars
    • Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
    • Gyms, exercise facilities/studios, pools and recreational facilities
    • Businesses offering indoor group exercise
    • Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
    • Indoor organized gatherings with 50 or more such as weddings, parties, conferences, and workshops
    • Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery, art and choir
    • Post-secondary on-campus student housing

    Under the new policy, proof of vaccination will not be required to access places providing essential services, such as grocery stores, transit, pharmacies, and medical facilities. Proof of vaccination is NOT required to vote in-person in the September 20 federal election or at advance polling places.

    Is anyone exempt from providing proof of vaccination?
    When it comes to providing proof of vaccination, the only exemptions are for children under the age of 12 who are not currently eligible to be vaccinated. Those who have not been vaccinated due to medical reasons, or any other reason, will not be exempt from the policy.

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications, City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

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