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REPORTING · 12th November 2013
Walter McFarlane
Emergency Management BC, working with local emergency workers including the Kitimat Emergency Program and local fire fighters were at Riverlodge on Monday, November 4th to talk about Tsunami preparedness.

“Today, we’re here to talk with all the folks in Kitimat about Tsunami Education, what they can do in their home and their workplace and where they recreate for safety in Tsunami areas and even for people who don’t live on the coast, it’s handy to have that information because many of us vacation in lovely places that have potential for Tsunami,” said Maurie Hurst.

The tour was triggered by a series of events following the Haida Gwuii and Sitka Earth Quakes. Emergency Management BC talked with local governments about what worked and what did not work for them and there were changes made to how they do Tsunami education in British Columbia. They met with emergency management officials.

“One of the things Emergency Management Officials spoke too was public education, how important it would be to have people in the community with more knowledge about Tsunami Preparedness,” said Hurst.

While we could not stay for the presentation, as Council was meeting that night as well, Hurst told us there was a wealth of information on www.embc.gov.bc.ca website on Tsunami presentation. They would be traveling to Stewart the following day, Prince Rupert the following Thursday and Haida Gwaii in February.