Neighbours in East Vancouver say they not only want to survive an earthquake in the city, but also be prepared to help each other in the anticipated aftermath of a big shake. Lourette Swanepoel and Dan Sneep prepare their eathquake kits, but along with members of the neighbourhood, they've gone even further in being ready for a natural disaster. A core group of eight people underwent formal disaster response training to provide neighbourhood leadership in the event of crises.
Residents were asked to "drop-cover-and-hold," then exit their homes and gather at a pre-designated community meeting place. East Vancouver resident Hannah Smith says she's thankful her community is doing more to be ready for an earthquake. The City of Vancouver offers free earthquake preparedness workshops and also provides them upon request from community groups and businesses. A large portion of those said it was because they lacked an emergency kit or an emergency plan. Step by step guides on how to build an emergency kit and plan are available from both the Federal and Provincial governments.
Officials say you should be prepared to be on your own for a minimum of 72 hours by developing a household plan and putting together an emergency kit. Matthew Colling with the BC Red Cross says the kit is important, but it’s only half of the equation. In most emergency situations, DROP down onto your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down.
COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under the shelter of a sturdy table or desk.
Another tip – keep your emergency preparedness kit well-stocked and in an easily accessible location. The earthquake has also prompted a renewed appeal for people to avoid calling 911 unless they are in a genuine emergency.
Surrey RCMP Staff Sergeant Dale Carr says minutes after the earthquake hit the coast of B.C.

The situation was the same as that experienced by E-Comm, the 9-1-1 dispatch service for much of the South Coast. Robertson urges people to utilize the media and government resources to obtain earthquake information. Brian Fong with 72 Hours in Burnaby sells earthquake kits, complete with water, rations, shelter, and first-aid supplies. He says his company started getting online orders for kits a mere half an hour after the earthquake struck.
From this article, I would venture a guess that way more than 60% of British Columbians are unprepared for any type of emergency. I would venture to say that most government services will not be prepared also given, LNG and fracking take’s most of BC liberal’s time, along with site C are they prepared for an earth quake!
And, as is to be expected, all the doomsayers and media are squawking and flapping like a bunch of seagulls.
Things could only get worse if Christy gives a press release encouraging us to stay calm but get prepared for the big one.
The same people who had issues with the recent 3 day hydro outage are the ones who will be lined up waiting for help should this happen. Some of my friends scoffed at my kit, but I knew in an emergency I may be ahead of most people. Remember that almost 100% of that which one spends their time worrying about never happens…. Every student, staff and faculty member needs an emergency plan to guide them if disaster strikes.
In the workshops, you will learn to prepare for, respond to, and recover from earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters.
These workshops are offered through the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP).
We all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect ourselves when they happen.

The ShakeOut is made possible by generous support of several sponsors, committed organizers from many organizations, the encouragement of many others, and a growing legion of active BC Earthquake Alliance associates throughout the province that share the ShakeOut locally. Many other government agencies, businesses, organizations, and community groups are also promoting the ShakeOut to their members and constituents. In North Okanagan, including Vernon and the surrounding area, the average sale price was $416,273 with an average days on market of 97 days for detached homes. In comparison, townhome featured 28 sales,144 active listings and a $232,323 average sale price with 110 average days on market. There were 303 sales, 855 active listings, and a $566,762 average sale price for detached homes in the Central Okanagan market, including Kelowna and Lake Country. Townhome sales were 91, active listings were 273, average sale price was $385,417, and the average days on market were 76. Looking for more information about the real estate market in specific neighbourhoods in Okanagan? Map of Maximum Earthquake Shaking (Peak Ground Acceleration) expected in Oregon map for the Vancouver. After the Nisqually quake in 2001 I put together an earthquake kit that would take care of three people, I had room mates, for over 72hours. You will need some basic supplies (items such as three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, batteries, , battery-operated or wind-up radio, first aid kit, pocket knife, prescriptions, extra set of keys and money, and copies of important documents).
They are two hours long, and are held regularly in community centres throughout Vancouver.
Every strata and apartment should have an emergency generator that can power necessities and finally, WE NEED TO KNOW OUR NEIGHBOURS. Water should be changed, there is a certain amount of upkeep one needs to maintain a kit and as I made the kit in 2001, I had to change and throw out batteries and other goods, medications, that have expiry dates.

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