Evacuation response left some uninformed

Ucluelet – In response to the article concerning the evacuation of Ucluelet last week, I have to disagree with the mayor on a few points.

I’m less than “thrilled” by the emergency response and I think it’s blatantly clear that there was a serious lack of communication and no clear set of priorities for this type of situation.

My frustration stems from the oversight of 1656 Cedar St, the nearest residential address to Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods, in fact it’s right across the street. While everything around it was evacuated, this family home, which operates as a daycare where my one year old daughter was sleeping, was left uninformed.

Not until our daycare provider walked across the street with the children and asked what was happening was she informed of the situation and then left to evacuate the area on foot.

I’m sure that the evacuation as a whole was handled competently however this oversight needs to be noted by the mayor , the manager of emergency services and the district office.

Reading the self-congratulatory article in the Westerly News prompted me to share our experience of the evacuation.

Alex McWilliam


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