Evacuation Plan: Thrive practices emergency evacuation plans in order that children and staff know what to do.
Building Evacuation: Practiced as fire drill once per month.
Neighborhood evacuation: In the case that we need to leave the neighborhood we will load children into program vehicles, and staff cars, and relocate to our alternate location Fr. Scott Whittemore 135 Drake Road, Salt Spring Island, contact numbers 250-537-2150 or 250-931-0074. Parents can also contact Salt Spring Thrive at 250-221-9794.
City evacuation: Our building is the designated evacuation spot for all of Salt Spring Island, so we will go to the designated location in the building, unless emergency personnel direct us to relocate off island then we will load children into program vehicles, and staff cars, and relocate to the location determined by Emergency Personnel.
Parents can contact Salt Spring Thrive at 250-221-9794.
In the case of any emergency staff will attempt to keep children calm and if possible debriefed before leaving with parents.
In the event that we are unable to return to our building following an emergency, parents will be notified regarding any long term alternative plans as soon as possible.
Our program vehicles are equipped with emergency evacuation kits including:
Blanket, space blankets, water bottles, non perishable snacks, candles, lighter, flashlight, batteries. This is supplemented with first aid kits which include the children’s emergency contact cards.
Lock down: All church doors will be closed and locked children will be kept in program area away from windows if safest, no one will be allowed in or out until it has been deemed safe to do so. Children will be kept calm and distracted and will be debriefed before leaving Parents will be contacted to be notified of the lock down.
Medical emergency Plan: Staff to apply basic first aid. Ambulance to be called, parents to be called, if ratios allow it staff will go to hospital to meet parents and be with child until then. Children in group will be debriefed.
Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness:
It is important to take action as soon as the ground first begins to shake.
When the shaking stops staff will:
NOTE: Earthquakes are usually followed by smaller tremors, or aftershocks. Be prepared for these.
Tsunami: If news reports indicate the possibility of tsunami, go to designated place in our building, which is the Emergency meeting place in case of a tsunami on Salt Spring Island, unless otherwise specified by Emergency personnel.
Regular earthquake and tsunami drills will be practiced separately from fire drills and will happen once a month.