Emergency Preparedness in Sandycove

If you want more information please contact us at EPCSCA@HOTMAIL.CA

The SANDYCOVE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE is always looking for interested people to volunteer their assistance in the planning of Emergency Preparedness in Sandycove.  WE ARE NOT the First Responders nor do we want to be but where we can help is in organizing activities and events to educate residents and to help the First Responders to know more about us.  If you are interested in this group please contact Sharon Raycraft at 705-431-7747 or e-mail at epcsca@hotmail.ca or at info@scahomeowners.com     WE NEED YOU....

Meet the Committee pictured below

Shown from left to right are:  Marg Sawyer, Don Richmond, Norm Raycraft, Barb Payne, Kathy Richmond, Ann Baker, Sharon Raycraft (Chair), Sue Nassie, Jim Payne

Emergency Preparedness Committee hosted an information session Wednesday, January 29th at the WHEEL.   Sandycove residents were be able to get answers from the Committee as well as from First Responders in attendance.   The Innisfil Fire Department, South Simcoe Police Services and Simcoe County provided information and handouts to approximately 175 attendees.  Residents started coming through the doors early and the First Responders and the EP Committee Members barely had time to set up their displays.  The topics presented by the Committee were 72 hour emergency kits, emergency kits for pets, emergency kits for cars, Vials of Life, CPR/AED training and Medical/Mobility Questionnaires and carbon monoxide detectors.

CPR & Defibrillator Training The Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to hear from residents interested in attending a CPR and defibrillator training course.  A number of courses have been completed for Sandycove residents.  To see the more info about those course please click here.  Training is FREE and conducted through certified training resources.   Book your spot now - for more information or to let us know of your interest please call  SHARON RAYCRAFT at (705) 431-7747.

Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove Acres was held Wednesday, May 7th by the Sandycove Acres Emergency Preparedness Committee. This was also celebrating Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada which ran May 4th - 11th and was the third annual Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove. 

Guest exhibitors included;

  • Town of Innisfil Fire Department

  • Service Canada

  • County of Simcoe Emergency Management

  • Red Cross

  • St. John’s Ambulance

  • Barrie Amateur Radio Club

The Committee also presented information on;

  • Medical/Mobility Questionnaires

  • Emergency Kits for Pets and Cars

  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors and more. 

Also, over 100 Vials of Life were handed out to Sandycove Acres residents, compliments of Sandycove Drug Store and the EP Committee. 

 

DID YOU HEAR IT???       DID YOU FEEL IT??? 

Did you know that a tornado touched down in Sandycove Acres South at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 10th?  Did you know that as a result of that tornado there was no hydro service to Sandycove Acres South and North as well as none to the Sandycove Mall, Lockhart Road from the 20th to the 25th Sideroad and from Mapleview Drive to County Road 9?  Did you know that Lockhart Road was blocked just west of the entrance to Sandycove Acres South by downed trees?  Did you know that as a result of the tornado approximately 50 homes were destroyed and many more had serious damage?  Did you know that many people were injured and at least one person died as a direct result of the tornado?  Did you know that the entire south side of Sandycove Acres had to be evacuated, with no one allowed back in their homes for at least 24 hours?

Of course you didn’t know!  Why?  Because the tornado only happened on paper and over the airwaves, including cell phones, landlines, computers and ham radios.  The tornado and its effects were created as an Emergency Simulation Exercise in which First Responders (Red Cross, Paramedics, South Simcoe Police Services and Town of Innisfil Fire Department , utility companies (Innisfil Hydro and Enbridge Gas), the Town of Innisfil (Public Works, Finance Department, Public Information, Mayor Baguley) and County of Simcoe (Emergency Generator, Paramedics) worked together to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the current protocols for dealing with this type of disaster.

In the exercise 43 people go to the Cove Café for refuge; 26 others are evacuated to larger facilities in the area. There are numerous serious injuries, 42 are taken by ambulance to hospital, one loss of life. A door to door search has to be done to be sure everyone got out and to rescue pets left behind.  Is everyone accounted for? An assessment has to be done of the damage to homes.  Hydro, Enbridge have to assess damage to their services and call in reinforcements from surrounding areas. There are injuries to emergency workers.  Add into the mix the thousands of calls.  There are calls from residents; from family and friends, there are calls from the media all who want information.  There are calls asking for help and calls offering help.  Who will handle all these calls, where and to whom will they be directed and are they followed up on?  Who will co-ordinate all these volunteers and equipment?  Calls go out looking for specific equipment and qualified volunteers.  Food and drink has to be obtained for both the evacuees and the emergency workers.  Food and housing for pets needs to be arranged.  A news release has to go out.  Who is going to write the news release, what to say and when?  Remember those damaged houses, what will be the immediate help for those residents and where will they be housed for the long term.  It will be many months before their houses are rebuilt.  How will response to the emergency be paid for?  Who will do what? 

Sandycove Acres’ Emergency Preparedness Committee Members were invited to be observers at this Emergency Simulation Exercise, which took place in 2 locations – the “on site” Emergency Operations (at the Community Church on Innisfil Road) and the Emergency Operations Centre located at the Innisfil Town Hall.  The Exercise, as seen through the eyes and heard through the ears of 2 of your neighbours, was fast-paced, loud, distressing, eye-opening and informative – and it was all “MAKE BELIEVE”.  The participants in the Exercise were totally professional, many were unfamiliar with Sandycove Acres and its uniqueness, many were ‘wearing more than 1 hat’ and out of the approximately 3 hours of incoming calls from panicked relatives, from residents wanting to know when the hydro would come back on, from volunteers wanting to know how they could help, from Sandycove Acres’ residents  worried about their pets, from other volunteer agencies offering food to the victims and to the emergency workers and many other type of disaster-related calls, they all took away new information which will be used in streamlining their responses to real disasters.

What did the observers from Sandycove Acres’ Emergency Preparedness Committee take from this Exercise?

1.      All of the First Responders are well prepared to handle a real disaster;

2.      There are many types of communication used in this type of emergency response – and one of the most effective was ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Services – an organization of volunteer ham radio operators who can rig communication between areas when cell phones, landlines and internet may be unavailable;

3.      The Emergency Operations Centre was, and in reality would be, inundated with phone calls and ‘drop-ins’ wanting to ‘help’.  Information is received by them from the “on site” Operations Centre and it in turn provides information and instructions back to the ‘on site’ Operations Centre and other services and agencies needed. 

4.      Sandycove residents must be prepared for this type of disaster by having their “72 hour kits” ready, have plans of where to go if their cannot go home (if they have family or friends fairly nearby), have cages for their pets so that the rescue workers can pick up the pets when it is save to do so and take them to the appropriate shelter.

5.      Sandycove residents with medical or mobility problems should ensure that they have filled out and handed in the Emergency Preparedness Questionnaire – this will help rescuers to make sure those requiring medical attention or need help evacuating are identified.

Would you like to know more about this Emergency Simulation Exercise?

Would you like to know more about how to be prepared for an Emergency?

Let us know by dropping a note in the “Emergency Preparedness” box in the east lobby of the Wheel or by calling Sharon Raycraft at 705-431-7747 or by email to epcsca@hotmail.ca 

 


was held Friday, May 10th, 2013 with displays on

Centre Street (between the HUB & the Wheel) and in the HUB

read the following report for an overview of the Day's events.

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The rain came, but so did the First Responders and the residents of Sandycove Acres.  The Barrie Amateur Radio Club (ham radio operators) arrived with their trailer in tow and put up their antennae – those who braved the rain found what they did very interesting and – so we’re told – a Sandycover may be joining their ranks as an operator here in SCA.  The Innisfil Fire Department’s  Mike Symes brought along their ‘smoke’ trailer – showing the residents what it feels like to be caught inside a burning building.  The Fire Department also brought a ladder truck for a couple of hours and the Fire Chief, Randy Smith, spent a lot of time inside the Hub speaking with the residents.  The County of Simcoe representative, Rob Heffernan, provided the residents with some up-to-date information on emergency planning and the Red Cross representatives, Peter McGuiness andRev. Courtney, answered questions about emergency evacuation.  Something new this year was the information regarding the evacuation and care of pets.  Also, Peter had brought the newly constructed and outfitter trailer full of cots, blankets and supplies for up to 50 people to be used in the event of an evacuation.

We won’t forget our favourite ‘Community Constables’ – Karen and Elisabeth – who brought their knowledge and sense of humour to the event.  St. John’s Ambulance brought their new vehicle (which sadly we couldn’t check out too much because of the weather) but the equipment and supplies they had on display together with their 4 representatives impressed the residents.  New this year was the County of Simcoe Paramedics – their ambulance stayed out in the rain but the 2 paramedics gladly shared their knowledge and gave us a look at what they do to help us.    Also new this year was Arne Larsen of Access Medical Response which is a service to alert emergency services and/or loved ones and/or neighbours when there is an emergency (usually health related) in the home. 

The ladies from Sandycove’s Helping Hands looked after the Café in the Hub – coffee, tea, water, juice, muffins, cookies and sandwiches – provided free to the exhibitors and residents.  Donations were collected at the Café and the sum of $188.75 has been given to the Innisfil Food Bank.

The Sandycove Emergency Preparedness Committee's table in the HUB was busy with inquiries and the lucky draw.  A number of prizes were donated by the exhibitors and were won by residents.

Here's this years Emergency Preparedness Committee

(from left to right) Marj Sawyers, Sue Nassey, Sharon Raycraft (Chair), Anne Baker & Jim Payne

Following are some photos (click on the picture for a larger image) of the exhibitor and participants - our special thanks to those that made this a successful show (except the rain)



OBJECTIVE of the Home Owners Emergency Preparedness Committee is to oversee emergency planning development for Sandycove residents.   Primary areas to be covered are;

  • Communications (Newsletter, Web Site, Mailings, Brochure, etc.)

  • Liaison with Town of Innisfil (Fire Dept) and County of Simcoe (911 Coordinator)

  • Education through Seminar and specific training (ie CPR)

  • Identify disabled/handicapped residents

  • Evaluate the 3 facilities on site as to their use during emergencies.

  • Liaison with Sandycove Acres on emergency matters


ACCESSIBILITY COMMITTEE We are looking for volunteers…… and we are pleased to inform you that the Home Owners Board has created an Accessibility Committee which is chaired by Pat Porth.  The Committee will be watching for areas in our community that can be created and/or changed to make everything more accessible especially for those that may be handicapped.  This is a residents only initiative.   For more information please e-mail us at info@scahomeowners.com  



DON’T WAIT FOR AN EMERGENCY TO HAPPEN!

Be Prepared! Not Scared!

Be prepared to take care of yourself and others in your household for a minimum of 72 hours. If a disaster happens in the community it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in desperate need first.

Know The Risks…Know Your Region; Make an Emergency Plan – YOUR FAMILY MAY NOT BE TOGETHER WHEN DISASTER OCCURS. Plan how to meet or contact one another and discuss what you would do in different situations; and Prepare a Kit – AN EMERGENCY KIT helps ensure you are ready to cope on your own for at least the first 72 HOURS of an emergency. Protect yourself and your loved ones.

It’s up to YOU! Are you prepared? EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GUIDES are available from the Sandycove Acres Emergency Preparedness Committee (Sharon Raycraft 705-431-7747 or epcsca@hotmail.ca), at the Home Fair and at the Health Fair; other helpful emergency preparedness information is available on the Emergency Management Ontario website, www.ontario.ca/beprepared.

During Emergency Preparedness Week, May 6 to 12, 2012, we recommend all households practise their emergency plan. We encourage everyone to regularly check the Emergency Management Ontario website, www.ontario.ca/emo, and to participate in their challenges/activities during Emergency Preparedness Week.

Evacuation & Shelter-in-Place

An evacuation may be ordered when there is a significant threat to a specific area. Other times, it may be safer to remain inside (shelter-in-place). These orders are typically broadcast through the local media.

Evacuation – Evacuate only when ordered by emergency officials and if safety permits, take your pets and take your emergency survival kit to the designated evacuation centre.

Shelter-in-Place – Close and lock all windows and exterior doors and turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing air in from the outside.

If you will require extra assistance during an emergency please complete and return our Questionnaire if you have not already done so.   These are available from your Emergency Preparedness Committee (see above) and are included periodically in the Sandycove Acres Newsletter.

EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT ITEMS:

1.       Flashlight and batteries

2.     Food and Water

3.     Radio and batteries or crank radio

4.     Clothing and Footwear

5.     Spare batteries

6.     Blankets or Sleeping bags

7.     First-aid kit

8.     Toilet paper & other personal items

9.     Candles and matches/lighter

10.  Medication

11.   Extra car keys and cash

12.  Whistle (to attract attention if necessary)

13.  Important papers (identification)

14.  Playing Cards/games

PETS AND EMERGENCIES  

Pets are members of the family. Make sure to include your pets when developing your family emergency plan.  Making arrangements before an emergency will increase your pet’s chances for survival and ability to cope. Assemble a pet emergency survival kit and be ready to take your pet and their kit with you in the event you have to evacuate. Emergency kit supplies vary for different kinds of animals. Please contact your veterinarian or visit www.ontariospca.ca if you have any questions.   Please note that pets are usually housed in a different area (from people) in evacuation centres due to allergies, etc.

PET EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT (recommended items for dogs and cats)

1.       Food, water, bowls, manual can opener and spoon

2.     Up-to-date ID tag

3.     Current photo of you and your pet

4.     Emergency contact list of pet friendly hotels/motels outside your area, friends, relatives and your veterinarian

5.     Copies of medical records/vaccinations

6.     Information on feeding schedule, medical and/or behavioural problems

7.     Medications and first aid kit

8.     Familiar bedding, small toy and brush

9.     Leash, collar or harness and muzzle (dogs)

10.  Litter/pan and scooper (cats) or poop n- scoop bags (dogs)

11.   Carrier large enough to transport and house your pet

BASIC EMERGENCY CAR KIT ITEMS: ITEMS TO KEEP INSIDE YOUR TRUNK:

1.       Food – that won’t spoil such as energy bars    

2.     Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)

3.     Water – in plastic bottles

4.     Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid

5.     Blanket

6.     Tow rope

7.     Extra clothing and shoes

8.     Jumper cables

9.     First aid kit – with seatbelt cutter

10.  Fire extinguisher

11.   Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush

12.  Warning light or road flares

13.  Candle – in a deep can and matches

14.  Wind-up flashlight

15.  Whistle – in case you need to attract attention

16.  Roadmaps

17.  Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents

Safety Tip: Learn about first aid. You could save a life.

CPR and Defibrillator training sessions are provided to Sandycove Acres residents free of charge.  Check the Newsletter and Channel 18 for announcements regarding these training sessions.  For more info click here.

TORNADOES

Tornadoes can develop very rapidly, they are rotating columns of high winds and sometimes they move quickly and leave a long, wide path of destruction and at other times the tornado is small, touching down here and there. It is vital that people know what to do in a weather emergency to reduce the risk of personal safety and property.

Warning Signs of a Potential Tornado include:

1.       Severe thunderstorms, with frequent thunder and lightning

2.     An extremely dark sky, sometimes highlighted by green or yellow clouds

3.     A rumbling sound or a whistling sound

4.     A funnel cloud at the rear base of a thundercloud, often behind a curtain of heavy rain or hail.

Canada’s Tornado Warning System

Environment Canada is responsible for warning the public when conditions exist that may produce tornadoes. It does this through radio, television, newspapers, its internet site, as well as through its weather phone lines. It is recommended for the public to listen to their radio during severe thunderstorms and if you hear that a tornado warning has been issued for your area, find shelter and follow the safety tips below.

What to do During a Tornado in Sandycove Acres 

1.       If you are in a house take shelter in a small interior ground floor such as a bathroom (if possible sit in the bathtub and place a mattress over top of you), closet, hallway or stairwell. Stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.

2.     If away from your home avoid cars and find shelter elsewhere, preferably in a building with a strong foundation (such as our Recreation Halls). If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other depressed area, protect your head with your arms, away from the car; however, beware of flying debris, flooding from downpours and be prepared to move.

3.     If you are driving and spot a tornado in the distance go to the nearest solid shelter and if the tornado is close, get out of your car and take cover in a low-lying area, such as a ditch.

4.     In all cases get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head and watch for flying debris. Do not chase tornadoes they are unpredictable and can change course abruptly. A tornado is deceptive. It may appear to be standing still but is, in fact, moving toward you.

5.     Wait for 30 minutes after the storm before returning to an open area.

For more information on safety during severe weather conditions please visit the Environment Canada’s website at www.ec.gc.ca and www.getprepared.gc.ca.  FOR CURRENT WARNINGS, WATCHES AND SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENTS ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA REFER TO www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings.

Visit the weather network on your television or their website www.theweathernetwork.ca to hear any warnings and watches issued by Environment Canada.



Emergency Preparedness Committee

WHY DOES SANDYCOVE ACRES HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE?

To help residents to be aware of what they need to do to be ready for an emergency situation such as an ice storm, lengthy power outage or tornado.  The Emergency Preparedness Committee provides information (obtained from the Provincial and Federal Governments, including Emergency Management Ontario, the County of Simcoe and the Town of Innisfil) to residents at the Health Fair (held in November), Home Fair (held in April) and from members of the Committee

To be the “First Contact” and provide Medical and other Information to paramedics

To be the “First Contact” and provide Medical and other Information to paramedics and firefighters during an emergency situation (tornado, extreme lightning storm, flood, etc.).  This is done by providing Questionnaires  that residents complete and return to the Emergency Preparedness Committee if they believe they might require assistance.  This information is shared only with First Responders if necessary and is kept confidential at all times;

To deal with the County of Simcoe and Town of Innisfil in determining what steps will be taken on behalf of the residents should a severe emergency occur;

To make CPR and Defibrillator Training available, at no cost, to residents;

To work with the Homeowners’ Association and Sandycove Acres Ltd on behalf of all residents.  This includes setting up cooling centres in the summer and the provision and maintenance of the 3 defibrillators presently in Sandycove Acres:

The Emergency Preparedness Committee is made up of volunteers – from all walks of life.   If you would like to volunteer or just come out to see what the EPC does, our meetings are the last Friday of every month, at 10:00 a.m., at the Hub.

If you have any questions or would like to join us please call Sharon Raycraft at 705-431-7747 or email us at epcsca@hotmail.ca


Emergency Kit Checklist here is a simple list of items you should have prepared in the event of an Emergency in Sandycove.  Plan enough to last 3 days -   WHY - Simcoe County is responsible for emergency planning and follows the federal guide lines of having YOU able to manage for up to 3 days or 72 hours before government help may arrive at Sandycove Acres.  

           WATER – 4 L per person per day

           Canned food, energy bars, dried food – replace these yearly

           Manual can opener

           First Aid kit

           Prescription medications

           Flashlight and spare batteries

           Radio and spare batteries

           Candles, matches and lighter

           Warm clothing and footwear

           Blanket or sleeping bag per person

           Toilet paper, hygiene products and personal care supplies

           Whistle to  attract attention

           Spare house and car keys

           Money - small bills and change

           Medical history

           Emergency contact information

Winter brings the possibility of blizzards and or blackouts.  There are emergency generators for pumping water and providing heat at the HUB, SPOKE and WHEEL.  Broken pipes etc. can be repaired, hypothermia can be life threatening.  Be prepared to be on your own for 3 days.


The Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to hear from residents interested in attending a CPR and defibrillator training course.  A course has just been completed with 12 attendees and we already have people on a waiting list for the next session.  Training is FREE and conducted through certified training resources.   Book your spot now - for more information or to let us know of your interest please call  SHARON RAYCRAFT at (705) 431-7747.

On SEPTEMBER 30th, 2012 - 13 residents of Sandycove Acres participated in a CPR/defibrillator training session at the SPOKE.   The course was put on through the efforts of Sharon Raycraft of the Emergency Preparedness Committee and the County of Simcoe Paramedics Service.  A great time was had by all as we learned the right way to perform CPR and most importantly how to use the  defibrillators located in Sandycove.  Here a few pictures of the folks at work.   Click on the smaller images for a larger view.

Shown at the CPR course September 30th are;

front row (from left to right) - Sue Nassy, Sue Guthrie, Terry Lucas, Joan McDonald, Christine Blenkinsop, Carol Boyington, Roz Bicknell & Darlene Evans (Sandycove Pharmacy)

back row (from left to right) - Bill Thomas (Simcoe County Instructor), Roger Guthrie, Leslie Cloake, Iain Jardine, Jack Blenkinsop & Bill Griffin

 

Another 16 residents took training on Sunday OCTOBER 29th, 2012 again at the SPOKE.  A great time was had by all.

Shown at the CPR course October 28th are;

from left to right - John Seney (Instructor), John Hempey, Christine Hempey, Maureen Childs, Paul Martel, Marianne Bennett, Arlene Nash, Marj Sawers, Marlene Smale, Kathy Richmond, Michael James (with "Teddy"), Doug Struthers, Judy Hecking, Jo Struthers, Don Richmond, Suzanne Amos and Norma Sargent

On MAY 22nd, 2011 - yes it was a Sunday of the long weekend, 14 residents of Sandycove Acres participated in a CPR/defibrillator training session at the SPOKE.   The course was put on through the efforts of Ralph Heuvingh and the County of Simcoe Paramedics Service.  A great time was had by all as we learned the right way to perform CPR and most importantly how to use the  defibrillators located in Sandycove.

 

Shown accepting the CPR Certificates at the "Meet and Greet" on July 7th are;

front row (from left to right) - Donna Reynolds and Sharon Raycraft

back row (from left to right) - Ralph Heuvingh, Dave Cooper, Marj Sawyer, Jenny Haffey, Dot Weighall, Peggy & Mike Sindrey, Barb & Vern Gillespe

missing from the photo were Anne Baker, Lynne O'Leary and Helen Strathy


2012 Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove Acres

 

(from left to right) - Norm Raycraft, Marj Sawyer, Ralph Heuvingh, Sharon Raycraft (Chair), Jim Payne, Anne Baker & Dave Cooper

Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove Acres

May 11th, 2012

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On a sunny and slightly windy day in May the Emergency Preparedness Committee hosted Emergency Preparedness Day in Sandycove Acres with “First Responders” setting up exhibits inside the Hub and on Centre Road. 

The Innisfil Fire Department brought their ‘search and rescue’ training trailer and Fireman Mike showed our residents how frightening it can be in a smoke-filled room and also gave demonstrations on how to properly use a fire extinguisher – and he had some of the residents actually put out a fire.  The ‘on duty’ crew also brought the new ladder truck in the afternoon. 

The South Simcoe Police Services brought their Mobile Command Centre to tour and Constables Elizabeth and Brad were there to answer questions. 

The St. John’s Ambulance team brought their emergency vehicle and showed us their up-to-date equipment and answered residents’ questions about first aid. 

The Red Cross provided a lot of information by way of pamphlets and booklets and had 3 members to speak with the residents.

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club had exhibits both inside the Hub and outside and showed how ‘ham radios’ are used when all other types of communication are not available. 

The County of Simcoe Emergency Management Team was there to promote the Vial of Life and also to provide information on the County’s role in emergency situations. 

The Sandycove Acres’ Emergency Preparedness Committee had a display of a “72-hour Emergency Kit”, a number of publications regarding Emergency Preparedness and, at the end of the day, handed out the many draw prizes that had been donated by local businesses, some of the First Responders and members of the Committee.

The “Café” which was looked after by the ladies of “Helping Hands” provided muffins, doughnuts and coffee as well as sandwiches and water.  Donations received at the “Café” were donated to the Innisfil Food Bank which is run through the Innisfil Community Church. 

The residents who attended went away better informed about the organizations who will look after us in the event of any type of emergency situation in Sandycove Acres.    Thank you those of you that attended this display of the vitally important First Responder service teams.

What a fantastic effort put on by the Sandycove EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE on FRIDAY MAY 11th Sharon Raycraft and her team are to be congratulated - this was truly an important community event and all the participants commented on how they appreciated the chance to speak to and meet residents of Sandycove.  Unfortunately there weren't many residents that showed up, only about 200.  Lots of cars passed the location between the HUB and WHEEL but only a few dropped in.  These events are put on for the residents so you can be better prepared in the event of an emergency.

A special thanks to the Innisfil Fire Department for their great display (click on picture for a larger image or click here for more pictures), South Simcoe Police Command unit and Community events officers, St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross Emergency Planning group, Simcoe County 911 service,  Barrie Radio Club and a special thanks to the Helping Hands Sandycove group that provided refreshments and sandwiches.  A REALLY GREAT DAY......,

 


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