Alberni must fend for itself

Wait for the army to come to the rescue? Be prepared for a wait, a former military person says.

To the Editor,

Re: City can’t rely on outside aid, Letters, March 16.

Further to Trevor Jackson’s letter last week, I can’t stress enough that no one or no city should rely on the military to get you through hard times.

My husband and I endured 17 days without power during the Ice Storm in 1998 in Ontario. Many others had it much worse. To make matters worse, the train had pulled down several rows of ice laden power lines before it could stop and it blew major power boxes.

Thankfully the rec centre was opened for those who couldn’t manage at home and we could take showers. At least here you will have the new high school and Echo Centre that hopefully will have generators and become centres to house people.

The military did eventually show up, but had to ask for directions on how to get where they were going. That was the last we saw of them.

Both my husband and I are retired military personnel and if conditions weren’t so dire, we would have laughed.

Port Alberni is lucky to have a radio station.

In Ontario we did not and even though we listened to an Ottawa station, not once did they ever mention how the outer rural towns were doing, or when lines where going to be reinstated.

We ended up fending for ourselves and looking after elderly neighbours with hot meals from the barbecue. We donated all our freezer food to help feed those who stayed in the rec centre.

Make sure that you have lots of full propane tanks and candles on hand, batteries and a radio with its own power source, and don’t forget cash.

We have come to the realization that you have to learn to rely on yourselves as you can’t count on anyone else.

We agree too that now is the time to formulate a plan of action to help those who cannot help themselves.

Carole Walker,

Port Alberni

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BCHL: Comeback falls short for Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Visiting Langley Rivermen take the 3-2 win on Parents Weekend

Alberni floor curlers win tournament in Nanoose Bay

Four teams from Port Alberni compete on the road

Award-winning documentary shares the modern story of Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Broadcast premiere of documentary will take place in Port Alberni on Jan. 29

Australian investigators head to C-130 plane crash site

B.C. gov’t makes statement, sends condolences to Coulson Aviation

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

VIDEO: Drone footage shows extent of damage in Highway 4 rockslide

Tofino, Ucluelet still cut off from rest of the island, as crews work to repair roadway

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

Most Read