|Planned upgrades for Gudangaay Tlaats'gaa Nagy School in Masset |
will include Canada's first Tsunami Evacuation Tower
Students attending school in Masset will be watching with interest over the next few years as the Province of British Columbia, upgrades the Gudangaay Tlaats'gaa Nagy School which when complete will make for a unified school that will feature Canada's first-ever tsunami evacuation tower to offer more protection fo the community from earthquake and any accompanying tsunami.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by Jennifer Whiteside the British Columbia Minister of Education who noted of the one of a kind project that is ahead.“Every family deserves to know their children will be safe at school, especially in coastal, remote communities like Masset,. Our government’s Seismic Mitigation Program is investing in schools and communities throughout our province, and I can’t wait to see this one-of-a-kind project completed to protect the health and safety of the school community.”
Construction on GTN and the tsunami evacuation tower is expected to begin in summer 2021 and to be completed by fall 2022. The new tower will be a 10-metre tall steel structure built on school property that includes storage for emergency supplies. This will be a significant improvement, as the current evacuation safe zone is more than 10 kilometres away from the school.