Jan 27, 2022

Emergency Management Oceanside

Welcome to Emergency Management Oceanside

www.emergencyoceanside.ca Please refer to this website for emergency preparedness resources.

The emergency programs from the City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach work in unison to provide large scale emergency support and disaster service to residents of the Parksville Qualicum Beach region. Through the EMO partnership, there is an efficient, effective and cooperative approach to managing emergencies in our region. The resources from the two local governments provide professional, 24/7 emergency support. EMO has the capacity to develop and undertake preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery planning.

Emergency Management Plan for Parksville
The City is a member of Mid Island Emergency Coordinators and Managers (MIECM), a group of emergency managers and coordinators from the Malahat to Port Hardy including Powell River and the Sunshine Coast as well as Island Health and provincial government representatives from Emergency Management BC. This group provides emergency management planning, support and leadership to our communities to protect people, property and the environment during emergencies. MIECM created an emergency plan template for local governments in the region; the City used this format to develop a plan for Parksville.

Oceanside Emergency Support Services
This group of dedicated volunteers assist people displaced or directly affected by an emergency or disaster. Trained volunteers arrange for food, clothing, housing, and access to emotional support for up to 72 hours after an emergency. If you are evacuated from your residence due to an emergency or you do not have insurance against damage to your residence due to fire or other emergency, you will be greeted and supported by caring volunteers.

Oceanside Emergency Communications Team
EMO is also supported by the Emergency Communications Team; volunteers licensed through Industry Canada as radio operators provide communications within the region, throughout the province and around the world using voice and digital radio equipment. Messages can be passed along about the welfare of residents to loved ones outside the region and the needs of the region in an emergency.

We canít do it alone!
Both OESS and OECT rely on community volunteers. Although not paid positions, volunteers receive full training. Training is not required to join OESS or OECT, just a desire to provide a valued service to your community when needed most.

We are seeking volunteers or those interested in starting a Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Group. If you wish info about our programs, contact Chris James, volunteer coordinator, at OESSD@parksville.ca.

Importance of being prepared
We recognize not everyone can volunteer but you can still be involved. By preparing yourself, your home, family, and neighbourhood with an emergency plan, you can make a difference for yourself and your community. If you are not directly affected by an emergency or disaster and can support yourself for up to a week on your own, emergency resources can then be directed to those people directly affected and in the most need.

For more information, contact emergency program coordinators:

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