In BC, local governments lead the initial response to emergencies and disasters in their communities. The District of Lantzville has prepared an Emergency Response and Recovery Plan that is coordinated by the Regional District of Nanaimo. The Plan makes provisions for the community in the event of any emergency such as flooding, wildfire, hazardous materials spills, earthquake or other catastrophe (Hazard, Risk & Vulnerability Assessment Report_Feb09). District of Lantzville staff and elected officials meet with regional stakeholder partners to practice the plan, which includes activating the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in the District Council Chamber.
Emergency Social Services (ESS) Lantzville is building a community-based emergency response team to help evacuees during an emergency or disaster. Emergency Social Services (ESS) volunteers help through the first 72 hours following a disaster, with food, housing and other basic needs. To learn more about how you can become a vital part of helping others in our community, with a monthly meeting and occasional training workshops, visit our Lantzville Emergency Social Services page. For more information about Emergency Social Services visit Emergency Management BC ESS.
Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) workshops are available to District of Lantzville residents. Experience has shown that, after a disaster, it may take 72 hours for emergency services (eg: police, fire, ambulance) to reach many neighbourhoods and individuals. In areas that are isolated or have limited access it may take even longer. Book a free workshop and learn how to develop a team of neighbors with a variety of skills to improve community resilience. Call 250.390.6565 to book a workshop or email the Emergency Planning Department. Find out more about NEPP at: Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program.
Amateur Radio volunteers provide emergency radio communications when other forms of communications fail. Learn how you can be a part of emergency radio communications at Emergency Radio Communications or Coast Emergency Communication Association. The District has a base radio station at the District of Lantzville Council Chamber and we are looking for local operators. If you are interested in volunteering, or in taking the operatorís licence course, contact 250.390.6565 or email the Emergency Planning Department.