Category Archives: Disaster

What Should You Do When Encountering Downed Power Lines?

The ECOreport asks two Bc Hydro employees, What Should You Do When Encountering Downed Power Lines?

By Roy L Hales

Ever wondered what to do in an emergency situation? Cortes Island’s Emergency Preparedness and Awareness Fair was an excellent venue  to ask the experts.  At the BC Hydro booth, I asked, Hannah Wilson and Katherine Macdonald, “What should you do when encountering a downed power line?”

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How Often Does Cortes Island Need Emergency Services?

The ECOreport asks Cortes Island’s Fire Chief, How often does Cortes Island need emergency services?

By Roy L Hales

Though the population doubles or triples during the summer months, there are less than a thousand people on Cortes throughout the year. The RCMP come from off island, but we have a medical clinic, ambulance and a relatively large volunteer fire department (with firehalls at Mansons Landing and Whaletown). So, at the Cortes Island Preparedness and Awareness weekend, I asked the local Fire Chief how often does Cortes Island need emergency services?

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A Chance To Reform US Wildfire Management

2015 was one of the worst wildfire seasons in a decade but, as this article from UC Davis suggests now there is a Chance To Reform US Wildfire Management

Originally Published on UC Davis

By Kat Kerlin

With nearly 9 million acres burned this year across the nation, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most destructive wildfire seasons yet in a decade strung with devastating fire seasons. And with drought and climate change, wildfires are only predicted to get worse.

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Climate Change & Wildfires Explained in Less Than Three Minutes (Video)

From the White House

A Video in which President Obama’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains in less than three minutes how the growing number of intense wildfires are linked in part, to climate change. Learn more at http://wh.gov/climate-change

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Nine Things Everyone Should Know About Forest Fires

From Oregon Wild

By Steve Pedery

Forest fires can be a threat to homes and property, but they also play an important role in restoring and maintaining a healthy forest. Here are nine things every Oregonian should know about forest fires in our area.

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U.S. Forest Service Increases its Firefighting Aircraft Fleet as Fire Season Begins

From the US Forest Serice

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 – In the face of what is shaping up to be a catastrophic fire season in the Southwest, the U.S. Forest Service is adding four additional aircraft to its next-generation firefighting fleet, bringing the total amount of aircraft to 21 large airtankers (with opportunities to add additional aircraft, if needed) and more than 100 helicopters. The new aircraft will enter service in the coming weeks and support over 10,000 firefighters for the 2014 wildfire season.
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Making of the International Rescue Group

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Over 100,000 people died, when the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010.  A very good friend of Captain Ray Thackeray’s was among them. She had been working in Port-au-Prince, when her hotel collapsed around her. Several days passed before help reached the stricken island. This became a defining moment for Thackeray. Having been a ham radio operator since his youth in England, Thackeray had seen volunteers pitch in when there were emergencies. He found himself thinking, What if a marine based organization had mobilized boaters already in the area? What if 10,000 small vessels had started bringing food, water and medicine on day one? They might have saved hundreds of lives. That’s how the International Rescue Group (IRG) came into being.
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Special Report on San Diego Wildfires #2

FOR THE LATEST WILDFIRE INFORMATION:
San Diego County Emergency Web Site

From County Supervisor Dave Roberts

Crews have made strong gains fighting the North County wildfires. But the Cocos Fire in San Marcos continues to burn and officials have ordered evacuations in Escondido.
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Special Report on San Diego Wildfires

FOR THE LATEST WILDFIRE INFORMATION:
San Diego County Emergency Web Site

From San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts

With wildfires flaring across North County, I hope you and your family are safe and I urge you to stay informed and comply immediately with official evacuation orders.
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