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LINK TO PDFNew Governance Structure for EMO (with a thank you!) The emergency programs for the - read more
On May 25, the province laid out a four-step reopening plan that could see us slowly return to norma - read more
With the long weekend just ahead of us, we are reminded to follow public health advice to stay in ou - read more
Most British Columbians are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following public heal - read more
COVID-19 UpdateOur weather in Oceanside this past week has been quite spectacular, providing a - read more
The past year has been a reminder about how important personal preparedness can be and that being pr - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
LINK TO PDFWe wish to remind our residents province-wide restrictions remain in place until further - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
Virtual Emergency Preparedness Workshop - March 4Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility t - read more
February 11, 2021Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being - read more
Welcome to 2021! We look forward to continuing to share great emergency preparedness information wit - read more
The pandemic has changed so much about the way we live and work and for Parksville and Qualicum Beac - read more
December 15, 2020Home for the HolidaysThank you for doing your part to keep us all safe. 2020 has be - read more
The actions we take help keep our businesses and schools open and our community and health care serv - read more
November 20, 2020As announced yesterday, by order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, al - read more
Since late summer, COVID-19 case counts continue to increase in the number of active cases and peopl - read more
At yesterdays briefing, the provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Hendry, announced a substan - read more
We wish for our residents to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween this year. We are passing along some sug - read more
We are adapting to living and working in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while we ar - read more
We hope your summer was enjoyable with pleasant outside time and opportunities to connect with frien - read more
We take COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and continue to follow the direction of the Provincial Heal - read more
The City is now accepting special event bookings with new procedures in place to ensure users take t - read more
The City will reopen facilities to organized recreational sports groups on June 26 with new procedur - read more
As our weather improves (we can hope) and with the easing of our isolation, we are able to get outsi - read more
June 12, 2020Re-Opening of FacilitiesThe Town continues to concentrate on the essential services our - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon while exercising cauti - read more
June 8, 2020Both the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach have resumed limited front counte - read more
June 5, 2020Gradual Re-Opening of ServicesFollowing the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon and we will continue t - read more
The City of Parksville will reopen the playgrounds in Foster Park and Shelly Creek Park on Friday, J - read more
City Announces Reopening PlanThe City of Parksville has announced plans to restore amenities and ser - read more
June 1, 2020Local businesses are developing reopening plans and are excited to welcome back shoppers - read more
As we look forward to the summer and the gradual re-opening of the Province, we would like to take a - read more
Gradual Return of City ServicesThe City is focusing on the essential services our residents rely upo - read more
The City of Parksville takes COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and follows the direction of the Provi - read more
Message From the MayorWith the "new normal" starting to take shape, Qualicum Beach is seeing more an - read more
May 22. 2020This week many businesses reopened to a new normal and at this time, our governments are - read more
May 21, 2020The City of Parksville is working to safely reopen facilities that were closed to avoid - read more
May 15, 2020BC's Restart PlanThe BC Restart Plan was recently announced, and outlines the gradual ea - read more
May 15, 2020Please stay safe this Victoria Day long weekend. Stay close to home; continue to keep yo - read more
May 14, 2020When Premier Horgan announced BC's Restart Plan last week, he emphasized, "this is not a - read more
May 7, 2020On May 6, Premier John Horgan's announced the BC Restart Plan, a strategy to slowly ease - read more
Staying Well in Uncertain TimesThis week, recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Me - read more
Message from Council So, how are we coping with COVID-19? As with the weather, we watch daily t - read more
April 30, 2020Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with making a plan and b - read more
May 1, 2020Our sincere thanks to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-line wor - read more
We offer our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-li - read more
April 23, 2020Dr Bonnie Henry's words continue to provide comfort, "All of us need to do our part an - read more
Message from Parksville MayorIt is heartwarming to see our residents coming together to help stop th - read more
April 22, 2020Protection and enhancement of the water supply, a priority for the City of Parksville - read more
Message from the MayorAs we enter our fifth week in this COVID-19 pandemic I want to express my extr - read more
April 20, 2020It is heartwarming to see Parksville residents coming together to help stop the spread - read more
Lets keep the effort going to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The message is the same, - read more
The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department would love to help you celebrate a milestone memory such as - read more
April 15, 2020The City of Parksville continues to ask residents to comply with provincial health ord - read more
April 9, 2020We must continue to do our part while doing our best to support and care for those arou - read more
Council would like to wish you a safe and happy Easter! April 9, 2020We know that these are unu - read more
MESSAGE FROM PARKSVILLE COUNCILIt is unlikely we will return to normal any time soon as we may be in - read more
Message from the MayorAs the weather starts to warm up and the Easter weekend approaches, we automat - read more
On March 25, the Bylaw Enforcement COVID-19 Order came into effect through the office of the Ministe - read more
April 2, 2020On March 12, the City announced that Council meetings are no longer open to attendance - read more
April 2, 2020We all must be 100% committed to doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve and to do - read more
April 1, 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in our country, the Citys focus is on prev - read more
March 30, 2020The City of Parksville is working to share information and operational updates as we c - read more
March 27, 2020A Time to Stay PositiveDuring so much change, one message is ringing out. Stay calm, s - read more
March 27, 2020 The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach wor - read more
March 25, 2020 This message is an update for Parksville residents about the COVID 19 pandemic. - read more
March 24, 2020At no greater times than these do we appreciate our front line workers! A huge call ou - read more
March 23, 2020As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, our community is feeling - read more
March 20, 2020As of today, March 20, 2020, we have confirmation that the number of cases of COVID-19 - read more
March 23, 2020Further to our release on March 20 that advised the closure of all playgrounds in the - read more
March 20, 2020Effective immediately and until further notice, all playgrounds in the City of Parksvi - read more
March 19, 2020We wish to assure our residents the City of Parksville continues to respond to the gui - read more
March 17, 2020 The Province of British Columbia and Vancouver Island Health affirm that the ris - read more
March 16,2020On behalf of the Town of Qualicum Beach Council, I want assure you that we understand a - read more
March 6, 2020Recent news stories indicate that the Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is continuing - read more
March 17, 2020We recognize there is a tremendous amount of information about COVID-19, including com - read more
March 16, 2020Immediate Closure of City of Parksville OfficesThe City is taking COVID-19 seriously a - read more
March 16, 2020At the request of Mayor Ed Mayne, the following information is being distributed on be - read more
March 12, 2020The City of Parksville is monitoring and responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation - read more
News Release - March 11, 2020On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global h - read more
News Release - February, 27, 2020Recent stories from national and international news media indicate - read more

EMO What's New

EMO Community Update - June 15
Posted: Jun 15, 2021

New Governance Structure for EMO (with a thank you!) 
The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach work in unison to provide large scale
disaster support and emergency service to residents of the Oceanside region. The Emergency Management Oceanside
partnership provides an efficient, effective and cooperative approach to a holistic emergency program in our region.
EMO provides professional 24/7 emergency support and has the capacity to develop and undertake preparedness,
mitigation, response and recovery planning. 

The Councils of the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach recently approved resolutions supporting an
updated Emergency Program Bylaw and new joint Emergency Program Services Agreement between the emergency
programs of these two municipalities. The agreement secures the continued strong partnership which has existed
between the City and Town for many years, and the continuation of the work and initiatives of Emergency
Management Oceanside. The new bylaw allows the two local governments the same ability to share and develop the
emergency program together and provide a combined response to and recovery from an emergency or disaster.

EMO Volunteer Program - Emergency Management Oceanside relies
heavily on community support when responding to any size of
emergency or large-scale disaster in the Oceanside area. Volunteers
from the Oceanside area make up our two main programs: Oceanside
Emergency Support Services (OESS) and Oceanside Emergency
Communications Team (OECT). OESS volunteers help residents directly
displaced by an emergency or disaster while OECT volunteers provide
communications within the region, throughout the province and
around the world supporting a local emergency response. If you are
interested in volunteering to support your community, please contact one of the emergency coordinators listed below.
No experience required and all training is provided. 

EMO Vendor Program - In addition to volunteer programs, EMO relies heavily on local businesses to provide support
for displaced residents. OESS volunteers provide up to 72 hours of provincially funded support including food, lodging
and essentials such as clothing and toiletries. Local businesses willing to participate in this program are referred to as
vendors. Displaced residents are provided with referral forms when needed which they take to vendors in exchange
for itemized services. Vendors forward the completed forms to the province to be reimbursed for their services. If your
business is interested in supporting Oceanside residents in this way, please contact an emergency coordinator. 

EMO Can't Do It Alone - It takes a community effort to respond to and recover from disasters, including supporting
displaced residents in their time of need. Nothing is more frightening and stressful than experiencing an emergency or
disaster. EMO thanks all our tireless volunteers, available to the community 24 hours a day, every day, who are there
at the ready providing support to anyone suffering through an emergency. EMO especially appreciates the efforts of
our volunteers and vendors to stay committed and safe while helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

BC's Restart Reopening Plan - Step 2 
The province is now in Step 2 of the BC Restart
program having met the criteria of number
vaccinated, case numbers continuing to drop and
less hospitalizations. 

Here is a breakdown of Step 2
  • Maximum 50 people for outdoor personal gatherings (birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties) 
  • Indoor personal gatherings up to five people or one other household. 
  • Up to five people from different households can attend a dinner party at a household of four people. 
  • One household of seven people can attend a birthday at another household of four people. 
  • Maximum 50 people for seated indoor organized gatherings (banquet halls, movie theatres, live theatre) with
    safety protocols. 
  • No BC travel restrictions; check local travel advisories; hotels and other accommodation providers may accept
    guests from throughout the province.
  • Indoor sports (games) and high-intensity fitness with safety protocols. 
  • Playdates.
  • Spectators for outdoor sports (50 maximum). 
  • PHO Guidance: physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings. Business safety
    protocols and physical distancing measures remain in place. 
COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Everyone aged 12 years or older can make a vaccination appointment. Register online or phone;
your confirmation number will be used to book an appointment. Please refer to Island Health's
website for information or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment. 

If you haven't already done so, please sign up for emergency notifications for the
Parksville-Qualicum Beach region. Voyent Alert! is a multi-purpose communication
service which sends alerts to people who call the Oceanside region home. Alerts can
be sent over a variety of channels including mobile apps, text/SMS, email or voice

Registration is FREE, simple and anonymous. Mobile app users can download the
Voyent Alert! app from the Apple or Google Play app stores. Email or SMS users may
register online to receive email or text-based alerts at https://register.voyentalert.com. Signup can also be accessed from the City of Parksville and Town of
Qualicum Beach websites along with instructions.

Shelter-in-place explained 
When an emergency occurs, evacuation from the immediate area isn't always the best option. There may be situations
when it is better to avoid any uncertainty outside by taking what's known as shelter-in-place. As the term implies,
shelter-in-place is a precaution aimed at keeping people safe while they remain indoors at home, work, school or in between. 

Emergencies that might require shelter-in place include severe weather, earthquakes or
release of dangerous substances outside the building. Shelter-in-place is most likely when
there is not enough time to evacuate an area safely, when a suitable evacuation route has
not been verified or when the source and nature of a toxic release has yet to be

If instructed by emergency officials to shelter-in-place: 
  • Go inside and close [and lock] all windows and exterior doors. 
  • If there is a danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains. 
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Close fireplace dampers. 
  • Get your emergency kit and turn on the radio. 
  • Cell phones may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency. It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in
    the room you select. If you do not have a hard-wired telephone, bring your cell phone and charger to ensure you
    have a method to communicate. Call your emergency contact and have the phone available if you need to report a
    life-threatening condition. 
  • Go to an interior room without windows that is above-ground level, if you can. Because some chemicals are
    heavier than air, avoid sheltering in basements. 
  • Bring your pets with you, and be sure to bring additional food and water supplies for them. 
  • Use duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into
    the room. A wet towel can also be used to create a seal along doors and windows. 
  • Monitor the radio, television, and Emergency Info BC online until you are told by local officials all is safe or you are
    told to evacuate. 
  • DO NOT leave your building or home until you receive notification that the danger has passed. 

From the Town of Qualicum Beach 
Town Hall will reopen to the public with full services on Monday, June 28. Hours of
operation will be Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays). Although
the office will be open from 9 am to 4 pm, residents are strongly encourage to take
advantage of the other payment options including payment through your financial
institution; mail a cheque; or drop off a cheque at Town Hall drop box (location below). If you do wish to attend at Town
Hall to conduct business, masks are mandatory at this time. 

Contact is by these methods: 
Phone 250 752-6921 
Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7 
Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain (660 Primrose Street) 

From the City of Parksville 
City of Parksville offices will fully reopen to the public on Monday, June 21 with a
return to regular pre-COVID hours of operation. City Hall will be open to the public
from 8 am to 4 pm and the operations department in the Industrial Park will be
open 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm. 

Information for the public: 
  • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only, with a one-way system
    in place to reduce contacts. Exit is through the cenotaph doors.
  • Masks are mandatory while in the building.
  • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with
    protocols on physical distancing and masks. For now, access to the Vancouver Island Library continues to be the outside entrance, east parking lot.
  • Main floor washrooms will open for public use. 
  • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person beginning with the September 8 meeting. Until
    that time, meetings are webstreamed from the City's website. 
  • June is a busy month for the finance department with property taxes due Friday, July 2. Security personnel will
    help ensure safe distancing and sanitizing procedures when in the building. 
  • If sick, stay home and get tested. 
  • Refer to City website, as well as Let's Talk Parksville for more information. 
COVID-19 Resources 
Island Health
Vaccine registration - 1 833 838-2323; https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19 
Medical COVID-19 information - 811 

For information, contact:
Rob Daman Emergency Program Coordinator Town of Qualicum Beach rdaman@qualicumbeach.com 
Aaron Dawson Emergency Program Coordinator City of Parksville adawson@parksville.ca
Deb Tardiff Manager of Communications City of Parksville dtardiff@parksville.ca