Century 21’s Amy Klit (left) and Jody Audia demonstrate what to do in case of an earthquake Thursday

Trail shakes off earthquake drill

The majority of Trail organizations contacted opted out or knew nothing of the province-wide earthquake preparedness exercise.

If a tremor shook the City if Trail, the general public might find themselves practicing the ingrained fire drill: stop, drop and roll.

While residents in the Lower Mainland may have dropped, covered and held on with more than 690,000 British Columbians during the Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill Thursday morning, the majority of Trail organizations contacted opted out or knew nothing of the province-wide earthquake preparedness exercise.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue, School District 20 and the City of Trail were among several places contacted that same day in hopes of gaining some insight on local preparedness.

Deputy Regional Fire Chief Dan Derby, who also wears the hat of Emergency Program coordinator for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), said the unlikely event does come with a plan.

“It’s coming from the coast, it’s definitely a far bigger issue on the coast,” he explained, a response echoed across the community. “Our bigger risks locally are related to wildfires . . . flooding and a hazardous material incident and I think that’s probably one of the bigger reasons.”

Larry Abenante, Trail public works manager, said the city has never participated in an earthquake drill in the 18 years he’s been on board. He can’t recall there ever being a tremor in the city.

What the city does focus on, he said, is working together with emergency agencies during a disaster. Such was the case with the 2008 Unified Regional Emergency Exercise, a cooperative exercise done to test the performance of each individual rescue squad and to evaluate how they work together.

He said the Emergency Program committee has already started planning for the next one, which is scheduled for every five years, but with a cut to funding will likely look much different than the massive orchestrated event done in 2008.

Done on Teck property, 14 organizations including the RCMP, firefighters and ambulance took part in the simulated drill, where volunteers on the scene were dressed as casualties with burns, chest wounds, and gashes to the head.

In case of an emergency, Trail does have an Emergency Operations Centre, located in the lower level of the Greater Trail Community Centre and features full inter-connectivity for fire, police, ambulance and public works; four stations with full radio capabilities for all jurisdictions in the RDKB; a backup generator and a meeting room for decision makers.

Just Posted

Pedestrian killed on Highway 22 Saturday evening

Police say 51-year-old man died after being hit by car

UPDATE: DriveBC says highway re-opened after accident

Highway 22 closed for seven hours on Saturday

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Métis Flag flies in Trail on Louis Riel Day

Area students, officials and public attend flag raising at Trail City Hall

Early Trail borrowed a couple of names from the U.S.

Place Names: Connection between Trail and Butte, Montana

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

Most Read