Where do you go in a large scale emergency if you can no longer stay in your home?
The City of Nanaimo has four designated Reception Centres for residents in the case of an emergency and in a situation where they can no longer stay in their home.
If you can stay in your home or location it is highly recommended that you remain there as you do not know what you will encounter if you venture out. However, if your home or location is not habitable these centres are designed to provide basic necessities: food, water and shelter when large scale evacuation of residents occurs due to emergency situations. Examples include, but are not limited to, displacement of residents due to fire, earthquakes and hazardous material spills.
Nanaimo Fire Rescue Department has a team of volunteers that will set up and manage these centres in emergency situations and dependent upon the type of disaster they may not open immediately as they take time to set up and for resources to arrive.
The City will communicate which centres will be opening through various means dependent upon the situation. If communications infrastructure is still available, information will be disseminated over local media. If communications are not in place, other methods will be used to communicate with residents. Dependent upon need, additional centres will be opened and the public will be advised.
The four designated centres are: