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This was a draft I was working on to prepare for an Evokation, I'm tagging it with Learn7 to keep it for next year and will talk to my local Emergency Response team about the idea and how best to refresh everyone's memory about what they're to do and where to go in an emergency here.
I realized as much as I want to, I have come to terms with the fact I will not be available to work on this during the timeframe posted, so I am withdrawing this draft I posted for comments.
I do believe we should have at least a national signal sequence for Red Yellow Green status.
I couldn't find that one existed anywhere so I think it's a good idea that is needed perhaps I can work on it next Season with a team.
EVOKATION - REMOTE ISLAND EMERGENCY EVAUATION PROJECT DRAFT 1_8
May 13 2010 (Still trying to figure out the formatting issue, it looks fine in preview)
My Evokation has potential to increase the resilience and better prepare isolated communities for an emergency everywhere in the world.
What if there was a emergency and a small isolated community needed to be evacuated quickly but phone lines and power were out? What if they didn't get evacuated because they didn't know there was a need to? What if there was a spare vehicle or boat but they were left behind?
In early times, communities used a signal of beating drums, a gong or a town bell to signal danger. Runners or riders on a donkey or horse would spread the word.
In London, England during the World War II, everyone knew what to do when they heard the air raid siren.
Today, if these communities are the same as mine, I imagine they use door-to-door personal contact, phone, email, text message or even head to the coffee shop or local gathering place to see what's up.
There is an international "SOS" signal for a mayday signal or call for help, but not for the "Red Yellow Green" status commonly used to identify a threat, such as terrorism or fire hazard.
My Evokation will address three issues that will impact an isolated community in an emergency:
To develop a globally accepted Emergency Signal Sequence for the codes "Red Yellow Green" for broadcasting in the event of an emergency which requires evacuation. This will be adopted as a world standard for emergency notification, similar to the "SOS" sequence which is an international call for help.
To develop a cost-effective Broadcast Device suitable for international use to be installed in isolated or remote villages, towns or islands where they depend on word-of-mouth to warn of a pending emergency for which they must evacuate such as: a wildfire; an earthquake; terrorism; a tsunami; or a pandemic outbreak.
To develop training and education content for the local communities so they understand what to do and where to go when the Emergency Signal is broadcast.
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It was through my participation that I dreamed and pondered what my community needed to become more resilient and could be of benefit to a global audience.
It was because of what I learned that I was able to apply a new awareness to issues that, to my knowledge, all small and isolated communities face including small island residents.
I will use my community as a test case to pilot and streamline the implementation process if my Evokation and all components are possible. The issues we face are common to isolated communities in any country.
My first $1000 will be for a feasibility study to confirm my vision is possible. This is a long-term project with much to be developed and sorted. It is the beginning step of a long journey.
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I live on a small island of about 3,000 residents where the potential threats of wildfires, earthquakes and influenza outbreaks are all very possible.
We are entering what is predicted to be one of the worst fire hazard seasons ever, surpassing the 2009 record. Last year we had people who were infected by the H1N1 virus. We are in the earthquake default zone. We are situated between British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island where there is potential for a tsunami to flood the straits.
We haven't had an emergency that has required island evacuation. A sample of new and long-time residents indicated they aren't prepared and don't know what to do or where their designated emergency facility is.
We depend on a ferry or an after-hour privately-ownded water taxi company to get us to the mainland (Vancouver Island) where the hospital is located.
We have a high number of transient residents: cottagers, hotel guests; day visitors; campers; and drive-through Cortez Island ferry passengers who take our ferry to Vancouver Island.
We have an active Emergency Response team of Government officials, Health, Police, Fire and volunteers who have been working hard to set plans for fire hazard and lengthy power outages.
Most residents and businesses are prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours as power outages are an often occurrence during our winter storm season. Our community centre and local resorts with large generators and space have volunteered their premises as emergency housing facilities.
The existing emergency notification process uses a 'buddy' system to get the word out with the Fire Department and volunteers going door to door. This may not work if the 'buddy' lead is not available, and puts undo pressure on the Fire and Emergency Response Teams to have to notify more people than necessary or find alternatives to spread the word. This is especially true for the residents who live away from the main population areas.
The majority of our residents live in the southern area of the island; there is a growing population in the middle and northern areas. There is one road from north to south. Fallen trees could block the road, power/phone lines could be down, and some areas of the island do not have mobile phone coverage.
These residents could potentially be cut off and need an alternative method to be notified and evacuated in the event of an emergency.
The one ferry we have may not be able to handle an island-wide evacuation in a timely manner but we have many resident boaters who know the waters well.
Campbell River boaters are within distance for possible additional support.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, we may not be able to rely on government to provide us with evacuation assistance and transportation.
SIGNAL SEQUENCE PROCESS
CHALLENGES FOR SIGNAL SEQUENCE
Police, Fire and Ambulance Departments (Quadra Island)
Canadian Federal Government for input and approvals
Canadian Armed Forces (advisory for Signal Sequence)
Lighthouse Operators need to be aware of Signal Sequence
BC Government for input and approvals
BC Government Provincial Emergency Program for input and approvals
Municipal Government (Campbell River) for input
Health Authorities for input and approvals
BC Hydro own hydro poles
Telus share hydro poles
Cable share hydro poles
BC Ferry Corporation (Quadra Island and Campbell River routes)
Boaters Association (Quadra Island and Campbell River)
Hotels, Resorts and Marinas
Private residents with docking facilities
Marine Traffic - must not impacted by signals
Quadra Island Tourist Accommodations to ensure guests are informed of procedure
Quadra Island adventure companies for extra boats and kayaks
Cortez Island Residents for pass-through to Quadra Island ferry to get to the mainland
Day Tourists and Visitors need to be informed of the procedure
TBD by feasibility study
ESTIMATED RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS
PHASE 2 - OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
Air Horn components: www.wikihow.com/Build-an-Air-Horn-Kit
Air Horns for inclement weather: www.kahlenberg.com/commer.html
Loud Air Horns: www.hornblasters.com/
Remote Warning Station: www.detect-measure.com/manuf_kahlenberg.html
Solar Powered Warning Systems: www.mccordcommunications.com/warning_systems_faqs.htm
Solar Powered Fire Warning System: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tech-transport/forest-guard-solar-warning.html
Portable Wind Power: www.alternative-energy-news.info/rose-wind-turbine/
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