Vancouver sits in a “high hazard” zone according to the seismic hazard map – which means the probability of strong shaking and significant damage is 30% higher than in the regions of lowest hazard. 90 earthquakes have occurred within the last month in Western Canada, each varying in magnitude but often too small to be felt. Over the course of a year, over 3000 will occur in BC alone, making the big one a very real inevitability.
On October 18th, 2018 at 10:18am join us to Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
Hollyburn is participating in ShakeOutBC to ensure our staff and residents are educated and prepared in the event of an earthquake…and we encourage you to participate too!
Before then, take some time to make sure you are properly informed and understand how to protect yourself in an earthquake.
Have a plan: Draft a family emergency plan outlining how you’ll respond during an earthquake, especially if you’re separated. Make sure to consider pets and people who need extra help.
Build an emergency kit: Stock enough food, water and emergency supplies to sustain you for a minimum of three days. Longer is better.
Create grab-and-go bags: Earthquakes aren’t guaranteed to happen when you’re at home. Have emergency kits for your vehicle and workplace.
Seismically secure your home and workplace: Identify items that may topple in your home, workplace or school. Secure heavy furniture to wall studs.
Consider earthquake insurance: Contact your provider and find out what’s available or recommended.
This time it’s a drill, next time it could be for real.
Stay safe, everyone!