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City of Victoria wants volunteers to act as ‘fire evacuees’ in upcoming emergency drill


Do you think you have what it takes to be a ‘fire evacuee’? Then you may be just what the City of Victoria is looking for. 

Showcase your acting abilities by volunteering for Emergency Management Victoria’s reception centre exercise happening this month on Saturday, October 26th. 

Your best, most Oscar-worthy performance could help the Victoria Red Cross ESS team prepare for real-life emergencies like fires and earthquakes, and help them better react to situations they may face on the job.

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The volunteer evacuees will also learn how a reception centre works and the types of services that are provided in times of crisis. 

A reception centre is a safe haven provided for people displaced in the event of an emergency when they are unable to make it another safe location. These centres provide meals, clothing, toiletries, temporary lodging and assistance with reuniting with friends or family. 

The organizers of the emergency drill will also provide volunteers with complimentary refreshments provided in exchange for their services as well as an opportunity to win a Grab & Go Emergency Kit. 

This informative exercise also teaches participants the importance of being prepared by knowing the hazards that may impact everyone in the Greater Victoria area. 

At this event you will learn:

  • The importance of having insurance
  • Emergency planning 
  • Necessary supplies
  • Equipment to have on hand to avoid going to a reception or group lodging centre

 Anyone interested in participating in the event can contact Tanya Patterson (Emergency Program Coordinator) 250-888-3594

City of Victoria Fire Evacuee exercise

  • When: Saturday, October 26th,12:30 – 2 p.m. 
  • Where: Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Avenue.


Joel Brewster
Junior staff writer at Victoria Buzz. Have a story idea? Send it over: joel@victoriabuzz.com

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