Category: Emergency Preparedness

Kinder Morgan hosts Vancouver consultation Nov.15

Kinder Morgan is holding public consultations across the Lower Mainland over the next several weeks, bringing its proposed TransMountain pipeline expansion under public scrutiny.

15 November 2012 – Downtown Vancouver Info Session – Harbour Centre, Segal Hall (515 West Hastings Street) – 5pm-8pm

More info here.

Read the Tyee article here.

Defend Our Coast: Wed Oct. 24

The campaign is hosting a local action at noon on Wednesday, October 24th at Spencer Chandra Herbert‘s office at 923 Denman St.

People will link arms and hold a banner that says “Defend Our Coast” to show the unbroken wall of opposition to pipelines and tankers across the province.

This will be a peaceful gathering of citizens and community leaders and will not involve civil disobedience. Leadnow’s goal is to achieve cross-partisan agreement for no new tanker expansion on BC’s coast.


Date: Wednesday October 24th

Time: 12pm

Location: NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert at 923 Denman St

Facebook event:

Link to RSVP:

Twitter hashtag: #DefendOurCoast


St. Paul’s gets funds for repairs, WERA calls for rebuild

Source: News1130

More than $17 million will be spent to repair electrical systems and elevators at aging hospital following power outages


Shane Bigham  Sep 22, 2011 15:00:09 PM



VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – St. Paul’s Hospital is getting millions of dollars to make some critical repairs. The money will be used to replace aging electrical systems at the hospital, and fix the elevators.

The provincial government today committed 17.2 million dollars for these repairs. 12.5 million will be spent on electrical upgrades including generators, transformers, automatic transfer switches, switchgears and other critical electrical components. This money is on top of the million that was already spent this year, following a massive power failure at the hospital in February.

4.7 million will be spent on the hospital’s aging elevators. Patients and staff have complained about elevators that are slow and frequently out-of-order.

Dianne Doyle with Providence Health Care says the repairs should have only a minimal impact on the work that goes on at the St. Paul’s.

“There may be some minor inconveniences related to the elevators. Aside from that, no impact.”

There are critics. West End NDP MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert calls today’s funding announcement by the government a ‘band-aid solution.’ He’s concerned about what will happen in the event of an earthquake.

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West End Emergency Preparedness Workshops

Recent earthquakes in New Zealand, China and Japan have brought home the importance of emergency preparedness for Vancouver, which is also in an earthquake-prone region.

The West End Residents Association’s emergency preparedness web page includes information on upcoming workshops as well as general information on preparing for emergencies. Click here for details .

Upcoming Workshops:

Mar 22, 2011, 7:00 PM
Workshop #2 – Emergency Preparedness for you and your pet
Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews

Apr 27, 2011, 7:00 PM
NEPP Workshop #1: Earthquake Preparedness Be Prepared not Scared
Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews

May 05, 2011, 7:00 PM
Emergency Preparedness for you and your pet
Roundhouse Community Center – 181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific)

May 07, 2011, 10:30 AM
NEPP Workshop #1: Earthquake Preparedness Be Prepared not Scared
West End Community Centre – 870 Denman Street

Jun 15, 2011, 7:00 PM
NEPP Workshop #1: Earthquake Preparedness – Be Prepared not Scared
Coal Harbour Community Centre – 480 Broughton Street

EP Workshop a Huge Success

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On Sunday May 25 approximately 65 Coal Harbour and West End Residents attended a workshop on Emergency Preparedness. Lt. Michael Smith from Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services’ explained what do to do in case of an earthquake. At the Coal Harbour Community Centre Resident learned of the importance of protecting their head in a natural disaster.

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WERA program coordinator Randy Helten in the news

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In a article entitle “Citizens take satety into their own hands” by West Ender reporter Jackie Wong, Randy Helten describes his efforts to facilitate emergency preparedness and to create a well-prepared community.

For for the full story visit the link below:

WERA in the News – Davie Street widening, rental stock, emergency preparedness

WERA made the news three times this week in the community papers.

WERA director Aaron Jasper was quoted in the Courier endorsing City staff's recommendation to freeze the rental “rate of change” policy — in other words to require developers to supply an equal number of market rental units when building new condominiums. The story can be found here.

In the same issue, WERA president Brent Granby was quoted on the City's proposal to wident sidewalks along Davie Street. The story can be found here.

And in the West Ender, Randy Helten was the subject of an article on the emergency preparedness workshop that WERA is holding at the West End Community Centre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The article can be found here.

WERA’s Emergency Preparedness Program Launched

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Randy Helten, WERA member

May 17 2007

“A West End man hope to educate urbanites on how to act in case disaster strikes.”

As any gambler knows, the crucial strategy in coming up trumps is staying ahead of the game.

That same philosophy can be applied to keeping safe in the event of an emergency — as Randy Helten discovered during 11 years living in the earthquake hot-spot of Tokyo. The 46-year-old translator, who now lives in the West End, has big plans to get his neighbourhood up to speed on being prepared for the worst.

“I think very few people think about disaster, and even fewer take action,” says Helten. “You only had to watch as Hurricane Katrina unfolded in New Orleans. It was hard to believe that this was happening in the 21st century. The level of preparedness was not very good. I want to make sure nothing like that happens in Vancouver.”

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West End Emergency Preparedness

WERA’s Emergency Preparedness Program was launched in 2007 to promote preparedness in Vancouver’s downtown peninsula. Its ultimate goal is to create a well-prepared community. We work constructively with all the players at all levels (individual, community, governments) to promote preparedness in all its meanings and to ensure that the community voice gets heard.

Emergencies could come in many sizes and forms (extreme weather, power outage, water crisis, earthquake, fire, food supply disruption, chemical spill, pandemic, terrorist incident, etc.). Preparedness at the individual, building, and neighborhood levels is worthwhile in any type of emergency. Any such efforts are guaranteed to save lives, reduce emotional stress and injuries, and reduce the financial cost of a disaster.

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