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Exercise Salish Sea - Fernwood Access Restricted

posted Oct 19, 2017, 2:34 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 3:43 PM ]

We have been advised about limited access to the Fernwood Dock area on October 25th & 26th. 

Access to the school parking lot will not be affected. 

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Message from Salt Spring Emergency Support Services:

Exercise Salish Sea – 25-26 October

British Columbia is filled with vibrant communities and natural beauty, which make it and incredible place to live and work. However, the rugged beauty of our location and landscape can result in potential challenges to our management of emergencies. The protocols and procedure are regularly practiced and refined based on real response operations.   

British Columbia faces a wide range of potential hazards.  Some occur annually such as winter storms, spring freshet and summer forest fires.  Other hazards, such as marine traffic fuel spills or hazardous material exposed by train derailments could occur at any time.  Other events with wide ranging damage potential such as hydro dam failures, infectious disease outbreaks or passenger aircraft crashes are rare, but still possible.  British Columbia’s emergency organizations have become quite skilled responding to regularly occurring events.

Using an all of government approach to improve B.C’s emergency preparedness, Exercise Salish Sea 2017 will focus on a Major Maritime Disaster scenario. The aim of Exercise Salish Sea 2017 is designed to test existing plans by evaluating the ability of responsible agencies in Canada to provide a coordinated response to a major maritime disaster off the coast of Salt Spring Island.

The Exercise is scheduled to take place 25-26 Oct 2017. Day one of the Exercise will focus on response and recovery utilizing resources from the Canadian Coast Guards, Canadian Armed Forces, BC Ferries, BC Emergency Health Services, Emergency Management BC and Salt Spring Emergency Organizations. Day two will encompass pollution consequence management.

There will be some restrictions on the use of Fernwood, Walkers Hook and North Beach Roads near the Fernwood Dock. These restrictions will be clearly marked.

For more information regarding Exercise Salish Sea 2017 please contact Salt Spring Island Emergency Support Services, ssiessd@crd.bc.ca

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Leah Ashford,
Oct 19, 2017, 3:43 PM
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