A new emergency plan for the Regional District of Nanaimo takes a more comprehensive approach than its predecessor, covering mitigation, preparedness and recovery as well as response during an emergency.
Encompassing natural disasters as well as emergencies caused by accident, fire, explosion or technical failure, the plan was last updated in 2013, but this version represents an overhaul following an update to the region’s hazards risk and vulnerability analysis, which identified 53 hazards. Coming in at the highest risk, wildfires and wildland-urban fires, drought, electrical power outages or structure fires as well as flooding and wind events.
The plan was presented for approval to the board of directors at the July 27 board meeting but was referred to the electoral area services committee meeting until September because Parksville and Qualicum Beach directors wanted further discussion on their partner agreements with the regional district before signing off on the new plan.
A consultant hired by the RDN is currently working on an evacuation route plan for Electoral Area B (Gabriola, Mudge, DeCourcy), which is expected to be completed by February 2022.
Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder