Opinion

Emergency preparedness crucial

To the Editor,

As we begin 2007, our focus is without a doubt optimistic – so many possibilities for success.

One area I believe needs everyone’s attention, possibly in the form of a resolution, is emergency preparedness.

Are you and your family prepared in a way to survive on your own for up to seven days in the event of a major disaster?

Locally, we have faced a total of 13 significant storms since Nov. 9. If anything, this has given us the opportunity to test our preparedness, some more than others.

One positive outcome came after our city’s boiled water advisory, with Nanaimo council requesting options to establish our city’s emergency communications system.

I am sure by now their choices have been narrowed to a decision we should be seeing soon.

An example of this vital link could have been seen as recently as Jan. 12, when an 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northern coast triggering tsunami alerts to Alaska, North Vancouver Island and Hawaii.

It was called off in the early hours of Jan. 13, without incident. However the majority of people were a sleep in their beds when this occurred, unaware even the following day, such an alert was ever posted.

Global warming and extreme weather is a fact, and it will be seen by most as a major political platform in the next election.

As individuals, we can start doing our part by insisting municipal, provincial and federal governments live up to voter consensus.

Micheal Rasberry

Nanaimo

Customer service should be top priority

To the Editor,

It is a matter of customer service.

As we drove along Hammond Bay Road a day after the last snowfall, we noticed that no one had cleaned the snow off the bus stops or the benches making them dangerous and a mess.

We do not ride the bus, but we pay taxes to keep the buses running and one would think management would think more about their customers.

Transit management is always talking about increasing ridership, but seem to do nothing to make it easier for potential customers to take the bus.

After a snow storm, the post office “superboxes” are the same type of mess.

To get at our mailbox, we had to climb over plowed snow and stomp through the ice.

Again, you would think Canada Post would do something to make sure the superboxes are accessible for customers.

Cliff Charles

Nanaimo

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