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Vandals at Village Park turn on Park Public Address System

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Vandals broke into a closed baseball dugout at Village Park in the early hours of Sunday morning. The culprits turned on the Village Park Public Address system, including activating a siren that is intended to be utilized for notification of Village Park users (i.e. during a large festival or public event).

The Village of Cumberland Manager of Protective Services attended the scene and turned off the siren – de-activating the Public Address system.

Village residents who heard the siren were understandably confused as to why the siren was going off, and comments have circulated on Social Media stating that this siren has something to do with the Village of Cumberland’s emergency program. It does not.

The Village of Cumberland is an active member of the Comox Valley Emergency Program (CVEP), which is a partnership between Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) to provide coordinated emergency programming to the Comox Valley.

The Village has its own Emergency Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan. These documents are not publicly available on the Village of Cumberland website, as these are living documents that are designed to be used by trained Emergency Operations Centre personnel during an emergency.

In the event of an emergency Cumberland residents will be made aware of appropriate details and next steps through a variety of communications sources – depending on the type of emergency. These include the following:

  • Radio
  • Social Media
  • Door-to-door

Plus any other methods available.

The best thing that local residents can do to be prepared for an emergency is to be prepared. Don’t be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in the Village and take the time to assemble your family emergency kit. During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. Therefore, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer, and electrical services may be cut off. Learning how to be personally prepared is vital.

For more information on Emergency Planning in the Village visit or search “emergency program” at

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