Current Emergency Information
January 14, 2019
Air Quality Advisory & Open Burning Restrictions in Cowichan Valley
Effective January 14, 2019, the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Island Health has issued an Air Quality Advisory for the Cowichan Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to persist until weather conditions change.
If you have breathing challenges:
- Stay indoors and use an air filter if possible
- Postpone strenuous exercise
No Open Burning within 25 kilometres of Duncan City Hall for a period of 2 days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires.
For more information see Mandatory Emission Reduction Actions.
Planned Power Outages
Repair work continues with a number of planned power outages.
Community Outreach Encouraged
Thank you to everyone who helped out during and after the big windstorm! Please continue to check in with your neighbours and consider assisting with yard cleanup if you are able. Let's continue to extend our community spirit as we deal with the windstorm impacts to all our communities together.
Winter is here so use caution on roads and sidewalks!
Emergency Preparedness - It's Everyone's Responsibility
Check out the Emergency Preparedness Workbook for more information to get your family ready!
Interested in having more emergency preparedness information in schools? Ask your schools to implement the free program Master of Disaster!
More great information resources:
The Emergency Notification System is up and running! Sign up - receive phone, text or email updates!
Are you ready???? Power Outages, Storms, Floods, Wildfires, Earthquakes - OH MY!!!
Check out the new Emergency Preparedness WorkbookPrint copies are available at:
Municipal Offices: Duncan, North Cowichan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, CVRD
Community Centres: Island Savings Centre, Frank Jameson Community Centre, Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, Kerry Park Recreation Centre and Shawnigan Lake Community Centre
Libraries: Cowichan, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan and Mill Bay
Know a group that wants to learn more about Emergency Preparedness? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250.746.2560 to schedule a free presentation.
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