Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness Committee was formed in 2018 to research and coordinate information for a Hornby Island Emergency Preparedness Plan. Of course, the foundation for any emergency plan has to be individual, household and neighbourhood emergency preparedness, so education will be a big component of the Committee’s work.

The Committee is currently asking for people from each of Hornby’s neighbourhoods to volunteer as Neighbourhood Emergency Coordinators (formerly called “Captains”). These Coordinators will receive training and information about organizing neighbourhood meetings to review emergency preparedness information and identify neighbourhood resources and needs. Contact HIRRA Administrator if you are interested in being a Neighbourhood Coordinator or alternate.

The Committee has already started gathering information from island organizations and businesses to develop a comprehensive list of emergency resources and identify any major gaps in preparedness.

Tsunami Preparedness

While Hornby is fairly protected from the direct threat of a tsunami caused by a Pacific Ocean earthquake, it’s always good to understand the risk of tsunami and know the best route to high ground.
This You Tube video gives very clear information and examples of various levels of tsunami from barely noticeable to catastrophic: Tsunami comparisons

This downloadable PDF shows the high ground safe zones and the areas of Hornby that could be flooded in a tsunami: NEPP Tsunami Safe Zones on Hornby.

THANK YOU to HICEEC, BC Hydro, Baynes Sound Lions Club, Hornby Island Community Fund, Comox Valley Foundation, Comox Valley Emergency Program and other funders.

In the last few years, the Emergency Preparedness Committee has received grants from the Hornby Island Economic Enhancement Corporation, BC Hydro, Baynes Sound Lions Club, Hornby Island Community Fund, Comox Valley Foundation, Comox Valley Emergency Program and other funders to purchase radio equipment, first aid supplies, provide workshops and publicity on emergency preparedness.

Thank you to all these organizations and volunteers, for supporting this important community work.

Emergency Preparedness Committee 2022

  • Amy LeBaron
  • Albini Lapierre
  • Margaret Birch
  • Tom Ruth
  • Robert Evans

Minutes of a Community Emergency Preparedness Meeting held in February 2018 that led to the creation of the HIRRA Emergency Preparedness Committee later that year.