Northwest Vancouver Island residents, visitors and property owners from Gold River north are requested to please provide their input in the Strathcona Regional District’s (SRD) Tsunami Planning Survey. Surveys were mailed to households this week and are also available online at www.srd.ca/nwvi-tsunami-survey.
The goal of this project is to better understand tsunami risks on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island through tsunami models and the completion of a risk assessment with the integration of community experience and indigenous knowledge.
“This SRD-lead project is a collaborative endeavor with five First Nations, four municipalities, two Regional Districts and several private and provincial stakeholders. Their collective local knowledge is invaluable to the disaster planning process” said SRD Chair Brad Unger. “A priority of the project is to learn from and share the experience, knowledge, and history of these communities. This engagement will be paired with the outputs of tsunami modelling and will provide a better understanding of tsunami hazards, promote risk awareness, and enhance community resilience.”
“The history, traditions, languages and knowledge of our people are the core of our heritage. The first step of our public engagement process was for our team to collect in-depth stories from elders regarding their lived experiences with past tsunamis in the area. The next phase involves a holistic discussion with every member in a west coast community in the Strathcona Regional District or Mt. Waddington Regional District that is interested in participating” said Cynthia Blackstone, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nation’s Chief Administrative Officer.
Tsunamis have the potential to affect all areas open and connected to the ocean, including inlets, sounds, and other navigable ways. If you are linked to such areas, the project team is interested in understanding what your concerns are associated to tsunamis and how they could affect you, or if you had any experience of a tsunami event you would like to share.
This is an opportunity for community members and regular visitors to these areas to express their opinions on important topics. While the majority of the survey is focused on residents, we have two questions specific for regular visitors to the area as it is just as important to learn from their perspective on tsunami risk. The SRD would have preferred to engage with the community in a more personal dialogue and listen to input, but due to the physical distancing recommendations of COVID-19 plans had to change.
There are two ways to participate:
- Online Survey – www.srd.ca/nwvi-tsunami-survey
- Mailed Survey – Please drop off completed surveys at the following locations: o Nuchatlaht First Nation office
o Village of Gold River office (front door drop slot)
o Village of Port Alice office
o Village of Tahsis office (outside dropbox)
o Village of Zeballos office
Pre-paid return postage may be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-830-6702.
Please complete surveys by 4:00 pm on February 26th, 2021. Learn more at www.srd.ca/nwvi-tsunami-survey
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