Public/Business Preparedness and Resources

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Current locations of sandbags within the CVRD (no charge unless noted)

Oyster River/Black Creek Area

  • Michael Oviatt Trucking 4771 Lewis Rd., Campbell River, BC (corner of Hoover Rd. and Lewis Rd.) 250- 703-1294 (fee if picked up outside of an emergency)
  • Oyster River Fire Hall, 2241 Catherwood Rd, Black Creek  250-337-8121

Merville/Courtenay area and south  

  • EMCON 3190 Royston Road, Cumberland, BC, 250-336-8897
  • Comox Valley Regional District Sports Centre (west side), 3001 Vanier Drive, Courtenay - for information call CVRD main office: 250-334-6000 
  • Fanny Bay Fire Department, 7512A Cougar Smith Road, Fanny Bay 250-335-1011

During periods of potential flooding, these sites should have sand and sandbags available 24 hours a day. The CVRD and EMCON require you to fill your own bags, and Michael Oviatt Trucking may or may not have filled bags available. Please come prepared to fill your own. 


  • Central Builders 610 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC, 250-334-4416
    .99 cents for poly sandbags and 1.09 for the burlap ones. Sand is available in their yard at $8.00 per 30 shovel loads.
  • City of Courtenay Phone for details and location: 250-334-4441

Emergency Management BC (EMBC)

A list of hyperlinks to emergency preparedness information on: earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, avalanches, severe weather, power outages, hazardous material spills, wildfires, and disease outbreaks: