Climate minister joins Ucluelet’s High Ground Hike for Tsunami Preparedness Week

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Apr 24, 2023 – Andrew Bailey/Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

Ugly weather didn’t stop Ucluelet residents from expanding their tsunami preparedness knowledge on April 15, much to the delight of researchers from the University of Ottawa and Japan’s Waseda University.

The provincial government’s Tsunami Preparedness Week culminated in High Ground Hike events throughout the province and B.C.’s Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Bowinn Ma chose Ucluelet’s to attend.

“Communities up and down British Columbia’s Coast are participating in exercises all week to prepare for tsunamis and Ucluelet is one of those communities who is taking it upon themselves to ensure that their community is safe in the event of a tsunami,” Ma told the Westerly News at the event.

“We know that coastal communities are often at risk of a tsunami and the consequences can really be devastating, but by preparing community members to know what to do when a warning is issued, we can really save a lot of lives. I really commend the District of Ucluelet for running this exercise.”

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