Emergency Preparedness Week 2023 – Are You Prepared?

The Comox Valley Emergency Program and the Regional FireSmart Committee are kicking off Emergency Preparedness Week with a Wildfire Preparedness event on Saturday, May 6th at the Comox Valley Farmers Market from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, located at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds (4839 Headquarters Road).

Fire and emergency services professionals will be on location with a variety of urban and wildland fire engines, rescue vehicles, prevention equipment and resources utilized by municipal, regional, provincial, and federal fire protection services and agencies serving the Comox Valley.

This year, the theme is Be Prepared – Know Your Risks. Local FireSmart Representatives and Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) resources will also be available on May 6th at the Comox Valley Farmers Market to help you and your household get informed about wildfire and emergency preparedness. There will be prizes and giveaways!

“During Emergency Preparedness Week, we’re encouraging all residents and businesses in the Comox Valley to review their emergency preparedness plan and ensure they are equipped with necessary resources and information in case of an emergency,” says Cari McIntyre, Emergency Planning Coordinator, Comox Valley Emergency Program.

Follow these helpful steps to improve your emergency preparedness:

  • Sign up for regional emergency notifications systems and you’ll be entered into a draw for a 72hr preparedness kit. Visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/getnotified or come register in person on May 6th with the assistance of emergency program volunteers.
  • Invite a Local FireSmart Representative to walk you through a FireSmart neighbourhood or home assessment.
  • Consider leading a NEPP team to help your neighbours get ready for prolonged power disruptions, extreme weather conditions, and natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, and wildfire.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2023) events in your area and how your community can get involved, visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/emergency.

The Comox Valley Emergency Program is administered by the Comox Valley Regional District in partnership with the City of Courtenay, Village of Cumberland, Town of Comox, and K’ómoks First Nation to provide emergency management services and support to the region.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities operating on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of the land. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on providing sustainable services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

Media Contact:

Cari McIntyre
Emergency Planning Coordinator
Tel: 250-334-6096