From left to right: Fire Chief Chris Geiger, Mayor Aaron Stone, Bill Drysdale, Dave Travers, and Frank Elsom (Gerry Beltgens photo)

From left to right: Fire Chief Chris Geiger, Mayor Aaron Stone, Bill Drysdale, Dave Travers, and Frank Elsom (Gerry Beltgens photo)

Rotary Club of Ladysmith Donates Emergency Preparedness Kits to the Town

The Kits will be stored in various locations around Ladysmith for use in an emergency

Sandra Milne, 2019/2020 Rotary Club of Ladysmith President and the LSS Interact Club presented 5 Emergency Preparedness Kits from Disaster Aid Canada to the Mayor Aaron Stone, Fire Chief Chris Geiger and Bill Drysdale from Ladysmith Search and Rescue. The event was held in front of the Fire Hall on Friday June 12.

“As a local citizen and former teacher and as a Rotarian, I am proud of the continued positive relationship built over the past 50 years with the Town, the schools and other organizations and service groups who all strive to make Ladysmith a safe place to live, work and play,” Milne said.

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The Ladysmith Rotary Club raised $5,000, funded in large part by a BC Gaming Grant, to purchase the Emergency Preparedness Kits. Each Emergency Preparedness Kit includes a 260 sq ft 3 room tent, solar lanterns, water filtration kits, tools, cooking equipment, comfort supplies and much more.

The Kits will be stored in various locations around Ladysmith for use in an emergency such as a forest fire, typhoon, earthquake or tsunami. The tents could be used as temporary housing for a family, a first aid station or medical triage centre.

After witnessing the need for Emergency Preparedness Kits in disaster situations across the world, Ladysmith rotarian and executive director of Disaster Aid Canada, Gerry Beltgens said that the Kits will be a valuable resource for the community.

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Disaster Aid Canada has recently moved its operations from Victoria to Ladysmith. Emergency supplies and tents will be stored in Ladysmith as it is an economical, central location with quick access to transportation, airport and ferries. There will be over 100 tents and materials for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Kits stored in Ladysmith for international and domestic relief programs.