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Experience an earthquake simulator at City Hall

May 4 2015

“The recent earthquake in Nepal was a tragedy that cost far too many lives, and it’s important that it serve as a reminder for everyone in Vancouver to take time to ensure they are prepared for emergencies.” – Mayor Gregor Robertson

Quake Cottage earthquake simulator

Join us on the north side of City Hall on May 5 from 10:00am to 3:00pm to learn how to prepare for an emergency and to experience the Quake Cottage – a mobile earthquake simulator.

The event, in recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week, is free to attend. 

In addition to the earthquake simulator, you'll find interactive information booths where you can get information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from earthquakes, tsunamis, heat waves, and other disasters.

Be prepared for an emergency

“The recent earthquake in Nepal was a tragedy that cost far too many lives, and it’s important that it serve as a reminder for everyone in Vancouver to take time to ensure they are prepared for emergencies,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “While no-one can predict when or what kind of disaster will strike, we can enhance safety for families and ourselves by planning and preparing ahead of time.”

The City partnered with Insurance Bureau of Canada, FortisBC, and other municipalities to bring the Quake Cottage to Vancouver as it travels around other Metro Vancouver locations. 

“IBC is pleased to be a part of this fantastic event which will help raise awareness about the earthquake risk we face and the need to be prepared, says Bill Adams, Vice President – Western and Pacific, IBC. “Preparing Canada for an earthquake is a strategic priority for the insurance industry and by working with great community partners like the City of Vancouver; we can help make sure families are prepared, both physically and financially.”

Take a free workshop in May or June

Emergency Preparedness Week takes place May 3 – 9 across Canada to promote and raise awareness of the actions people can take to be prepared for an emergency. 

The City is also holding free emergency planning workshops in May and June to help people and their families and pets prepare for an emergency.

Workshops are 90 minutes long and offered at community centres and public libraries through the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program.

Get workshop details

Find out how you can prepare yourself for an earthquake or other disaster

Earthquakes

Vancouver is at a high-risk of having an earthquake. Be prepared. Learn what we are doing and how you can help if an earthquake strikes.

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Free emergency preparedness workshops

Prepare for, respond to, and recover from earthquakes, tsunamis, heat waves, and other disasters in our free workshops hosted at community centres.

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Volunteer to help in an emergency

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