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Join us at Science World to kick off Emergency Preparedness Week

April 28 2016

“City Hall continues to work harder than ever before to prepare Vancouver for emergencies,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson

Skytrain and Science World

For the first time ever, we are partnering with Science World to kick off Emergency Preparedness Week with a free two-day event open to the public at the TELUS World of Science.

Event details

Friday, April 29 – Saturday, April 30, 10:00am to 4:00pm

TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec St

The event is open to all ages. It features interactive booths and displays from local scientists, first responders, and emergency preparedness agencies to help citizens prepare for all types of emergencies. 

While there:

  • Test your seismic construction skills on the UBC earthquake shake table
  • Learn about our disaster support hubs
  • See how an earthquake early warning system works
  • Experience what it is like to feel an earthquake in the IBC Shake Zone earthquake simulator

See details on the Science World website 

Get familiar with local emergency plan

“City Hall continues to work harder than ever before to prepare Vancouver for emergencies,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“Vancouver’s response and recovery will depend on our collective ability to prepare for a major disaster, and I urge all residents and business to take the time to get familiar with their local Disaster Support Hub and emergency plan. The City will continue to support our communities to make Vancouver safer and more prepared for emergencies than ever before,” said Mayor Robertson.

“Our government will not become complacent in preparing for emergencies, but that preparation is a shared responsibility in BC,” says Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, Naomi Yamamoto.  “British Columbians need to be motivated to create emergency kits and prepare for the worst. The resiliency of our province depends on us all taking action.”

About the earthquake simulator

For the second consecutive year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is taking its Shake Zone tour across the Lower Mainland during Emergency Preparedness Week.

The Shake Zone tour includes the Quake Cottage earthquake simulator. IBC is sharing the costs with municipalities interested in hosting the Quake Cottage at their emergency preparedness events. 

“IBC is pleased to have the opportunity to join with the City of Vancouver for the Shake Zone tour. Preparing Canadians for an earthquake is a priority for Canada’s insurance industry," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. “More than 3,000 earthquakes occur in BC every year and, luckily, very few cause damage.  But at some point, a big one will hit. It is not a matter of if, but when.”

About Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week takes place May 1 – 7 across Canada to promote and raise awareness of the actions people can take to be prepared for an emergency.  

Be sure to follow @CityofVancouver on Twitter during the week to learn important emergency preparedness facts and tips and use hashtags #EPWeek and #Inittogether to follow the conversation with other agencies and organizations. 

Take the steps you need to be prepared