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Bowen Islanders with grab and go bags can win some pretty cool prizes

With forest fires raging across the province, emergency preparedness is ever important
Various supplies with a grab and go bag
Marie Neys wants to see Bowen Islanders create 500 grab and go bags by Aug. 10.

Marie Neys is on a mission. She wants to have islanders create 500 ‘grab and go’ bags by Aug. 10. 

With forest fires raging across the province, the potential to have to leave one’s home with hours or even minutes notice, is top of the mind for many. 

“Living on an island makes you think differently, living in a tinder dry forest makes you think differently, living on the coast in an earthquake zone makes you think differently,” writes Neys. She is holding a draw for some neat prizes for islanders who send her a photo of their grab and go bag before Aug. 10 (and a bonus five entries if one sends in a photo of their pet’s grab and go carrier). 

Prizes include $100 restaurant gift cards, $50 clothing store gift cards, books, vehicle first aid and safety kits, an artists’ gift basket, a painting class and a floral bouquet. Send entries to 

Neys thanks Bowen Island Municipality and Neighbourhood Emergency Response Program coordinator Edward Wachtman for inspiring her mission. 

Find the full grab and go list on the BIM website.

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