Tag Archives: Emergency Communications

Mixed Reactions to Emergency Program Act

BC’s current Emergency Program Act descends from the 1914 War Measures Act. It proved painfull inadequate during the wildfires and floods of 2017-18. The provincial government wants to modernize it, but there were mixed reactions to proposed changes at the January 29, 2020, SRD Board Meeting.

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The SRD Is Preparing For An Emergency

On February 23, the Quadra Island Emergency Support Services Team will practise setting up an Emergency Reception Centre at the Quadra Island Community Centre. Two weeks ago, the SRD’s Protective Services Coordinator asked how feasible it was for CKTZ to deploy its’ “radio in a suitcase” to different locations on Cortes Island. The SRD is currently considering extending its fire protection zones on both Cortes and Quadra Islands. At its last meeting, the SRD Board approved funding to purchase mobile radio kits to enhance emergency “ … communications between the City of Campbell River, Homalco First Nation, and Wei Wai Kai First Nation.” These are only a few recent examples of how the SRD is preparing for an emergency in our area.

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Barry & Amanda Glickman

By Roy L Hales

While many Cortes Islanders associate them with emergency communications, there is a great deal more to Barry & Amanda Glickman’s story.

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Radio-In-A-Box Test Successful

By Roy L Hales

Cortes Radio possesses a technology that will enable it to continue broadcasting even if a major disaster takes out the grid and internet. On July 19, Shaun Koopman Protective Services Coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, brought a team of volunteers from Campbell River and Gold River.  For about twenty minutes, CKTZ stopped broadcasting through-out 99% of its area while we performed the first successful test of Radio-in-a-box in front of the station at Mansons Landing, Cortes Island.

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Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness

By Roy L Hales

Two distinctly different threats and, a variety of methods of dealing with them, were identified at Cortes Islands Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) workshop at Mansons Hall on April 16, 2019. 

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