Tsunami Warning: Tofino and Ucluelet need YOUR help!

Tsunami Warning: Tofino and Ucluelet need YOUR help!

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Bernice Halvorson started this petition to Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

I was a recent visitor to the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet at the end of September 2020.  Signage abounds on the threat of Tsunamis, on the beaches; at the park entrances and a System of Sirens are also in place by the town of Tofino.  That is all well and good.  However, that is not enough.  

On January 23 , 2018 an earthquake magnitude 7.9 hit off the coast of Alaska. Should that have hit a little more south, the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet would be virtually wiped out.  Thousands of lives would have been lost.  What did the residents do that night when the sirens went off?  They rushed to their local community centre and waited..... and waited. Luckily, the waves did not come.

Haiti had their BIG ONE in 1994, magnitude 6.7.  It wiped out a large  portion of the island.  Thousands dead. Clean up and first aid were weeks in arriving. 

2009 Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami.   Waves 45 Ft High travelled up to one mile inland devastating villages.

1993 Hokkaido Earthquake and Tsunami.  Waves 100 ft High.   250 casualties.

1998 Papua New Guinea Earthquake and Tsunami. 2183 Deaths 500 missing.

2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.  Waves 97-133 ft High 25, 000 dead or missing. 

Tofino and Ucluelet  are very isolated on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  The only access is a 2 lane road, generally under construction.  How would Search and Rescue teams be able to access this area?  Where would the patients be tended to?  Tofino Hospital has the following facilities:  10 acute medical in-patient beds ; 5 Emergency Room stretchers with an on-call Physician.  This is not a criticism of the current health facilities for Tofino and Ucluelet, this is the reality. 

One step toward helping these communities prepare for the Big One is the construction of a series of Tsunami Towers, built on the high ground to the back of the stretch of beaches that link these communities.   The  year round population combined is less than 3600 residents but by the end of one calendar year that number grows exponentially to over 600,000 individual visitors.  When the big one hits, where will the average August population of 66,000 visitors go?  Sirens go off, visitors run....where?  This is a disaster in waiting. 

 Well, I propose that the Provincial and Federal governments  make building a series Tsunami Towers along the stretch of beaches located between Tofino and Ucluelet a high priority.  A feasibility study in Washington State just produced a report on the costs of building a Tsunami Tower at $8 million to 13.5 million USDollars.   It would be set 10 feet above the inundation level and have 4-5 floors with a capacity to save 435 people. There would be an emergency room included filled with sufficient food and water for up to 2 weeks.   That is the estimated time it might take rescuers to get to them.   Is this enough?  Absolutely not.  It's only a start. 

Please help with this solution.  Put pressure on both British Columbia Government through Premier John Horgan and the Federal Government, through Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   Sign this Petition and ask your friends to do the same.


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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