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Earthquake training exercise to be run at end of September: CVRD

Planned training exercises administered by the Comox Valley Regional District will be happening at the end of the month.

The exercises will happen on Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the new Emergency Operations Centre on Harmston Avenue and other locations.

They say the exercise is to support staff from First Nation and local governments to gain experience and practice roles and responsibilities as guided by the emergency program act.

Local emergency operational plans and guidelines will also be used along with learning new skills.

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The district says there will not be any changes to operations at the CVRD office, and residents can still come in person between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m.

Residents are asked to not be alarmed by the increase in activity.

“Please do not be alarmed as our teams practice scenarios within the community,” said Manager of emergency programs Howie Siemens. “By conducting this earthquake exercise our community is one step closer to being prepared if an event of this magnitude ever occurs.”

Residents are encouraged to be self-sufficient during emergency situations, according to the district.

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They say to consider creating an emergency plan and grab-and-go kits for all household members, including pets.

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