As partners in public safety, the Saanich Police Department and Saanich Emergency Program have developed an Emergency Evacuation Plan for the District of Saanich.
We were in an ideal situation to test and validate components of our plan through an evacuation exercise, having recently deployed staff to emergency coordination centres to support the Province’s wildfire response.
On Sunday, September 17, with the cooperation of residents from Gordon Point Estates, we conducted a door knocking procedure and deployed the Saanich Command Vehicle.
Our volunteers also activated a mock Reception Centre to support residents who participated in the evacuation exercise.
For residents, the exercise was a great opportunity to test their family plan, update kits and learn more about emergency preparedness. For our volunteers and responders it was a valuable walk-thru of our plan and processes.