Monday, May 6, 2013 – 3:37 PM, By Jennifer Faerber, Comox Valley

2013_Comox_Valley_reflective_signIt’s National Emergency Preparedness Week and in the Comox Valley the local Monarch Lions Club is pushing locals to buy their reflective signs. The idea is to help police, fire and ambulance find particular addresses in an emergency.

“If they can’t find you, they can’t help you!” exclaimed April Dyck, chair of the Lions’ reflective sign project. “Finding a home quickly during an emergency is no laughing matter, so the Monarch Lions Club is encouraging homeowners to have their address visible.”

All of the money raised in selling the signs is returned to the community. Monday, 6 May, has seen a $2,500 donation made to the Comox Bay Care Society, to support of the running of their Care-A-Van mobile healthcare unit for the upcoming year. Care-A-Van is a primary healthcare outreach program at no cost to the client.  The program operates out of a 27-foot mobile van with volunteer staff of qualified health professionals. Since the start of the program in 2009, approximately 700 individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness have received healthcare services aboard the van.

The Monarch Lions will be selling reflective address signs at the Driftwood Mall parking lot this Saturday, 11 May, to mark National Emergency Preparedness Week. The signs sell for $40.00 and are highly visible by day or night. Custom orders can also be placed by calling (250) 338-9602 or visiting www.911reflectivesign.ca

The Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club serves the community by distributing grants; Vanier Student Bursary, Coal Hills BMX, the Courtenay Recreational Association, Sid Williams Theatre, Child Development Association, CV Therapeutic Riding, Boys and Girls Club, Santa’s Workshop, Senior Peer Counseling, Relay For Life, Comox Valley Hospice, St. Josephs Hospital Foundation, Glacier View Lodge, Courtenay Low Income Housing, Salvation Army, CV Community Foundation, Sonshine Lunch Club, Courtenay Museum, Food Bank, Comox Valley Search and Rescue other donations within the community.