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Cadboro Bay Residents Association


Cadboro Bay Emergency Preparedness Committee

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The Cadboro Bay Emergency Preparedness Committee was initiated by the Cadboro Bay Residents Association and Cadboro Bay is now one of the province's best prepared communities.

The motto for the Emergency Preparedness Committee is: "Better the Neighbour who is Near than the Brother who is Far Away". This motto reflects the reality of a major emergency, like an earthquake, where it is neighbour helping neighbour which will best see all of our community coping in the most effective way.

Note that the Emergency Preparedness Committee has reorganized into a new model entitled the "Convergent Volunteer Program" from the previous model using "Emergency Street Captains".

See details of this program on the new website at New Emerg Prep Info.


The Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association has been in existence since 1998 and was organized to assist all residents of the Cadboro Bay area to "be prepared" for whatever disaster or emergency situation comes our way. We have offered workshops and meetings and distributed information sheets on how to prepare for earthquakes, brush fires, tsunamis and storms. We have divided Cadboro Bay into 3 zones, each with a Coordinator and a system of Street Captains who look after their close neighbours. These Captains have frequently distributed information sheets on how to prepare a survival kit and how to store water. The Emergency Preparedness Committee has several trained Search and Rescue Teams and a First Aid Team plus a Radio Communications Team, a Command Centre Team and a Temporary Reception Centre Team. The preparedness structure and volunteers are in place but the Committee needs the participation of ALL THE RESIDENTS IN CADBORO BAY.

We, on the Emergency Preparedness Committee in Cadboro Bay, encourage you to contact your nearest Street Captain or Zone Captain if you do not know your Street Captain. We also encourage you to join one of the Committee's Teams and become involved in being a good neighbour. The Emergency Preparedness Team as a whole is always looking for volunteers. At this time the Search and Rescue Group is looking for volunteers who would be prepared to be runners carrying messages within the Cadboro Bay area in the case of an emergency situation and when all exercises are carried out. You don't literally need to run but must be able to move quickly about your area on foot. All our various component groups are looking for backups and if you are interested in any discipline in particular, see below for the contact names if you wish to volunteer.


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Emergency Preparedness Coordinators

The Cadboro Bay area is one of the best prepared and equipped areas in the province for any type of disaster. The area is broken down into 3 zones with coordinators for each listed below. The Ten Mile Point zone has 2 coordinators due to its geographic size.
  • Queenswood
    • Peggy Morfitt ( or (250) 721-2916)
  • The Village
    • Anthea Piets ( or (250) 721-1047)
  • Ten Mile Point
    • Andrew Irvine ( or (778) 433-4842)
    • Helen Malcolm ( or (250) 477-3345)

Each zone is further broken down by streets looked after by a Street Captain. Your Street Captain should have been in contact with you to give you information about the program and obtain vital information from you to be used only in the event of an emergency. If you have not been contacted, please call one of the Coordinators listed above.

Emergency Preparedness Subcommittees

The Cadboro Bay Emergency Preparedness Committee is made up of several Subcommittees which include:
  • Command Centre Team (Glenn Todd or (250) 477-7926) - The Incident Command Support Team is used in an emergency and works as a pyramid with emergency services escalated upwards from the area as necessary.
  • Communications Team (John Flanagan (250) 477-6889) - Radio operators are situated throughout the area and have VHF radios to be used in event of an emergency.
  • Search and Rescue Teams (Bill Dancer or (250) 721-5273) - All SAR teams have a full kit stored at the homes of members most likely to be home in the event of an emergency. Saanich has assisted us with grants and we have a well-stocked kiosk with supplies as well.
  • Temporary Reception Centre (vacant position) - This includes volunteers in charge of Shelter, Food, Registration and so forth.
  • First Aid Team (contact Bill Dancer or (250) 721-5273) - This includes a doctor and several trained assistants who will set up in an emergency facility as required. Thanks to Naz Rayani at Cadboro Bay Pharmacy for rotating our medical supplies as needed.

Neighbourhood Street Captain Program

In 1999, when we initially got underway with the Neighbourhood Street Captain Program we had some 66 Street Captain volunteers. Over the years we have added many more dedicated volunteers and now we have approximately 150 Street Captains. Together, the Street Captain volunteers form the nucleus of the Cadboro Bay emergency preparedness and response team, and for that we offer our heartfelt thanks. Cadboro Bay is regarded as a leader in Local emergency preparedness and to maintain this standing we need to continually seek new volunteers to replace those who move from Cadboro Bay or otherwise cannot continue as a Street Captain. Therefore, we ask that you encourage your friends and acquaintances in Cadboro Bay to consider volunteering as a Street Captain as at any given time we have a number of areas not covered. All you need to do is contact the Zone Coordinator for your area. As you know, there is no hard sell and we make it a point to make it as easy and hassle free as possible to be a Street Captain.

Finally, just a reminder of the duties of a Street Captain:

During Non-emergency Times

  • Maintain a current list of residents of the homes you are responsible for.
  • Have a backup and potential runners.
  • Have knowledge of more vulnerable residents.
  • Have knowledge of personal skills and useful equipment available.
  • Be familiar with the radio communications plan.
  • Attend Annual General Meetings.
  • Take training courses when available.

Responsibilities in a Declared Emergency

  • Look after your own family concerns.
  • Patrol and assess aid and assistance requirements for homes you are responsible for.
  • Inform the Incident Command Post (by radio or runner) of your situation and any additional assistance required.
  • Monitor the situation and pass on any pertinent information to the ICP.
  • Pass on information received from the ICP to residents.

If you'd like to become involved or have any more questions about the duties of a Street Captain, contact the Emergency Preparedness Coordinators noted above.

Neighbourhood Street Captain Presentation

The Emergency Preparedness Committee made a presentation to Street Captains and potential Street Captains on November 6 & 7 2007. Click here to see a .pdf file containing the images from this presentation. Zoom in on each slide to read the fine detail.


Cadboro Bay radio volunteers have received TAD M8 mobile radios from the Saanich Emergency Preparedness (SEP) organization. They are programmed with all of the emergency communication frequencies for the Victoria and Vancouver Island areas. These will be very helpful during an emergency because the radios are very powerful and can be clipped to automobile batteries for power.

Additional Information on Emergency Preparedness

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Provincial Emergency Program

This website links to the home page for the Provincial Emergency Program. The Cadboro Bay Emergency Prepareness Committee works closely with this group in planning.

Saanich Emergency Program

This website gives details on the Saanich Emergency Program. The Cadboro Bay Emergency Prepareness Committee plans their approach in conjunction with what Saanich provides at the municipal level.

Individual and Neighbourhood All Hazard Emergency Preparedness Workbook

This publication was originally developed by the Greater Victoria Emergency Coordinator'sCommittee. Because British Columbia is a rovince of many hazards, the workbook has been updated as an all-inclusive guide to family emergency planning. The workbook has been developed in cooperation with various agencies, groups and individuals.

Pandemic Influenza - Why are we Concerned

For a summary of the presentation given to the Cadboro Bay Residents Association by Dr. Mark Gilbert on April 2, 2006, follow this link.


Earthquake Preparedness Information from the Provincial Emergency Program

For information on how to prepare for an earthquake in coastal British Columbia, check this website

BC Government Victoria Earthquake Maps

To view the BC Government Victoria Earthquake Maps, click on this website


Saanich Tsunami Awareness

Saanich has prepared a comprehensive package of information on Tsunami Awareness for those who live in the municipality. This includes a brochure entitled 'Learn to Protect Yourself from a Tsunami' plus planning maps, two of which are significant for Cadboro Bay residents, the Cadboro Bay map and the Telegraph Bay map. Be sure to check out this important link.

Tsunami Preparedness Information from the Provincial Emergency Program

For information on how to prepare for a tsunami in coastal British Columbia, check this web site. As an example of the material available on this web site, to see a Powerpoint presentation by Fred Stephenson who spoke at our Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting, under the heading 'Tsunami Integrated Preparedness Project' follow 'Click here' and then click 'Fred Stephenson'.

Learn to Protect Yourself from a Tsunami

Information prepared by the City of Victoria is available at this site.

Tsumanis and Tsunami Research from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada

This web site outlines the research on the observation and modelling of tsunamis being conducted at the Institute of Ocean Sciences.

FireSmart Manual - Protect your Home from Wildfires

A few summers ago, our local Cadboro Bay Emergency Preparedness Committee provided us with a booklet on wildfires. We are surrounded by woods so we should take precautions in hot dry weather. This is an excellent source of information and it is now on the web at this link.