Tsunami warning roundup

Here’s what readers had to say about last week’s tsunami warning

Give us one channel to follow

Re: Tsunami warning prompts evacuations in Port Alberni

I had a hard time finding the right channel to follow the tsunami. It would be nice if all providers were on the same page and designate a channel across the board like ch. 2 being universal.

Jayda Malloy

’We have safe areas in town’

I live in the Bishop/Cherry Creek area and could not decipher words in the warning although I could hear the sirens. Cars were evacuating people TO this area at friend’s home and I was glad to see the neighbourliness. I hate to read that people went as far as the brake check area when we have safe areas in town.

Barbara Ettles Carter

‘I didn’t hear a thing’

I live in QF (Quality Foods) area and my son and I didn’t hear a thing.

Pamela Hall

Keep sirens going

The one thing I would change would to keep the tsunami warning going…. it would go off then it seemed like a long time in between… it should be constant … it should be repeated over and over so people that miss it from sleeping will eventually hear it.

Brenda Havard Rigets

Too long to sound alarm

It seems as though residents responded, but why did it take an hour to sound the alarm?

James Lucas

Why no buses for walkers?

Re: City of Port Alberni “dropped the ball” in communicating tsunami warning on social media

Why did the city not use school buses and or city buses to help pick up families without transportation. I have heard horrid stories of disabled people and families with babies and young children trying to get to higher ground on foot in the dark and rain. Surely something could be put in place to help people in our coumunity.

Shelley Classen

Update inundation map

The Tsunami Inundation map that The Peak kept advising us to look at on their website during that upsetting morning, to see if you were in that inundation zone and to evacuate, had me convinced I was OK and did not need to leave. I have since learned that map is from 1992 and understand there may be an updated map. I live at Third and Argyle and couldn’t hear what the RCMP were saying as they drove by as there were so many sirens and people shouting, so just stayed home.

According to the map posted, houses above Second Avenue and Argyle Street were safe so would like to know for next time if should evacuate.

Jane MacNaughton

Social media ‘could improve’

I was awakened by family before 2:30 about this event. Then went to get my dad from his apartment before 3:00. We were walking out of his building as the first alarm was going off. So yes I think things via social media could improve.

On the street on Argyle I saw and heard people unsure of where to go and how far to go up. I personally invited some people to my home. And drove some to higher ground. So we learn from what happened to ensure a quicker and better response.

Donna Lucas

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