Directions fail to pass muster during tsunami

Even remote communities like Masset on Haida Gwai have “muster stations” for assembly of people escaping from earthquakes and tsunamis.

To the Editor,

Even remote communities like Masset on Haida Gwai have designated “muster stations”  for assembly of people escaping from earthquakes and  resulting tsunamis. The warning issued last Saturday saw Masset residents immediately head for the designated gathering point 10 kilometres south of the town.

Here in Port Alberni there is no gathering point stipulated for people escaping lower levels of the city. The  only instruction repeatedly issued is “head for the high ground”. A most vague order.

Warning of a tsunami rolling up the Alberni Inlet is first given by sirens audible throughout this valley. Before this happens, residents of Port Alberni should be instructed to go to a specific building on the “high ground”, such as Glenwood   Centre, where emergency response teams could direct people to shelter in one of the many large buildings on the high flats, such as the Athletic Hall or the Multiplex.

There should be a muster station location issued publicly before the “Big One” hits.

Harold Hamilton,

Port Alberni

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

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Fire damages home on Fifth Avenue in Port Alberni

Fire crews spend late morning hours knocking down blaze

‘Someone knows something’: a look into Vancouver Island missing persons with interactive map

There are more than three dozen people listed as missing throughout Vancouver Island

Alberni Valley volunteer wins BC Hockey award

Kellie Steel named one of nine unsung heroes through COVID-19

LOOK BACK: Fred Brand, Brand’s Sawmill

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read