Share this! ZOMBIES (and other volunteers and random junk too!) Exercise #CoastalResponse needs you!

Looking for a thrill?  Want to be part of the team? Do you dream of getting done up like a Hollywood movie star?  Or maybe you would just like to be part of and help out with a really important and interesting and exciting event happening here in Port Alberni on June 7 through to the 10th?

The Regional District is looking for volunteers to participate in the massive Earthquake and Tsunami drill called Coastal Response.


“Exercise Coastal Response is going to be the first full‐scale earthquake and tsunami response exercise with the real‐time deployment of federal, provincial and local resources.” said Russell Dyson, Chief Administrative Officer for the ACRD.

They Need Patients, People, Cars, Trucks and…. Junk!?

Medical patients: You will work with first responders and Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR). You will be treated to a medical makeover with movie quality makeup artists and given a patient care script to follow during the course of your treatment.

Emergency social service (ESS) clients: You will work with ESS teams located at reception and housing centres and represent those in need of shelter, food and water.

At the end of your volunteer service you will receive a letter of recognition for your role in the exercise.

We are not only looking for people, but material as well. Our volunteer co-ordination team would like to hear about anything that can enhance the realism of the exercise including: boats, trucks or even junk that can help with Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) training.

Interested people can send an email to  or call 250-723-1191 ext. 1.

Some Questions you will be asked that you could put in your email or be ready for on the phone to help them plan to make the best use of your volunteer time:

1)    What is your availability? (We are looking for any time people are willing to donate between June 7-10, there is no requirement, though four hours’ minimum is preferred)

2)    Do you have any special requirements? (for example: senior citizens or children)

3)    Do you have a fear of dogs?  (Some scenarios will involve a dog search and rescue team)

4)    Do you have any material available to contribute to the exercise? (junk/rubble for HUSAR stands – looking for literally anything)

5)    Do you have a vehicle you can contribute to the exercise? (boats, trucks, vans, anything)

6)    Are you available to attend the volunteer training event?  This Tuesday, May 31st  (evening session 7PM)  or  Wednesday June 1st  (daytime session 10AM) at the Multiplex.

If you think you can help, please, get in touch.  It’s going to be a really great week, we will all learn a ton about how to be better prepared for “the big one” and it should be fun too.

You can also get in touch with the ADSS Career Centre (on Facebook) which will be gathering student volunteers.


Have a great weekend everyone!

Possible Afternoon Showers and Thunder. Rainy weekend ahead!

It has been a pretty quiet few months really, so the next few days might seem surprisingly active in comparison.  Click through and check it all out!

Possible Thunderstorm Thursday

Here is the 24hour rainfall map from Thursday 5AM to Friday 5AM.


You can see rain focused on the Alberni Valley and the East Coast of the Island.  This rainfall, which may include some thunder and lightning should begin around 3PM.  It is forecast to be focused around the Beauforts and Mt. Arrowsmith to start and then gradually expand to the East and West.

There is thunder/lightning also predicted in the models. Below are the images for the Island for 2-5PM and 5-8PM respectively.

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The risk of thunderstorms will go away after sundown and rain will end overnight. There does not appear to be any further risk after today.

Calm Friday

There is a slight chance of rain in the afternoon on Friday but it will be light if there is any at all and it will be focused on the higher elevations.

Rainy Saturday

Hello, what’s this?  It looks like some real rain on Saturday morning!


Rain is slated to begin before noon on Saturday and last all day and through the evening.

The 24 hour accumulation is going to be between 8 and 16mm with higher amounts in the mountains.  Depending on how strong the rainfall is, it might cause some higher streamflows or at least be a bit of a surprise for places like Dry Creek and Roger Creek which are already quite low.


It should also melt a good amount of the snow left on the mountain tops.

Sunday will sort of be a mishmash of unsettled weather.  There are indications of a return to some sun and heat next week though.

Happy Thursday!