Campbell River, BC – Cortes Island residents and property owners can now share their opinions on the Cortes Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan and Evacuation Plan survey which is available online and will also be mailed to property owners later this week.
“Local knowledge is invaluable to the disaster planning process. The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) recognizes that disaster management is a shared responsibility for all of society and active engagement with the community is essential to achieving resilience over the long term” says SRD Board Chair Michele Babchuk. “Engaging a community in how it can prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies is more likely to result in decisions and outcomes the community is confident about and will act upon, and this in turn will support the work of disaster response agencies.”
The information provided by the survey responses will inform the development of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan and Evacuation Plan. When a draft plan has been developed, future community forums will take place to build community resilience and awareness, and as a process of continuous improvement.
“This is an opportunity for Cortes Islanders to express their opinions on important topics” says SRD Protective Services Coordinator Shaun Koopman. “A special thank you to the members of the Cortes Island Emergency Planning Committee and Emergency Support Services Team for their input in developing this survey. It would have been our preference to start this project off in a more personal manner by engaging with Cortes Islanders face-to-face to exchange dialogue and listen to their input, but due to the physical distancing recommendations of COVID-19 those plans had to change.”
Surveys may be submitted by:
- Mail – Cortes Island addresses only.
Return self-addressed envelopes were included in SRD survey mailings.
Online – All Cortes Island residents and property owners.
Complete the fillable survey at www.srd.ca/cortes-evacuation-survey
Survey submissions must be received by September 30th, 2020. All responses will be treated confidentially.
For more information on this project, please visit www.srd.ca/cortes-evacuation-survey or contact Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective Services Coordinator at 250-830-6702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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