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Public invited to free day at Science World on May 7

May 5 2017 Kick off to Emergency Preparedness Week

"The City goes to great lengths to prepare and empower our residents to make sure we can respond and recover from natural disasters, earthquakes, and other shocks," says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Vancouver Search and Rescue staff at a wreckage site

To help kick off Emergency Preparedness Week, you are invited to a free day at Science World event on Sunday, May 7 from 10am to 6pm.

Those in attendance can take part in interactive activities and visit display booths both inside and outside of Science World to learn about emergency preparedness from local scientists, first responders and emergency preparedness agencies.

Emergency preparedness is about awareness and planning

"The City goes to great lengths to prepare and empower our residents to make sure we can respond and recover from natural disasters, earthquakes, and other shocks," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Everyone has a role to play in ensuring community safety and response. As mayor I can't stress enough everyone needs to have an earthquake kit at home and work and be prepared to be on their own for 72 hours in an emergency."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the City on an event that focuses on such an important topic for people living on the West Coast," said Dr. Scott Sampson, President and CEO of Science World. "Emergency preparedness is about awareness and planning ahead, so that you are able to react appropriately in an emergency, keeping yourself and others safe. It is also about awareness of the science and technology used by first responders and organizations that can help you during an emergency."

In it together

The theme for emergency preparedness week is "in it together" highlighting that our ability to respond and recover will largely depend on the collective effort of all residents and businesses to ensure they have their own emergency plans in place.

It is vital that every member of the community knows what to do if there is an earthquake or other disaster. After a major disaster strikes, neighbourhoods and communities that are organized to help and support each other are often the first to recover and in some instances may be the only ones that do.

A national awareness initiative

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in collaboration with Public Safety Canada and partners.

The initiative encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:

  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Get an emergency kit

Free earthquake preparedness courses

The City of Vancouver offers free earthquake preparedness classes for individuals and families, seniors, and also sessions specific to apartment and condo dwellers and those with pets. Classes are also available in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Register for free sessions

Disaster Support Hubs

In 2016, the City installed 25 Disaster Support Hub signs throughout Vancouver indicating sites where people can gather following an earthquake.

In the hours and days after an earthquake, emergency service personnel will be responding to high-priority incidents. During that time, families, neighbours and community organizations will need to self-organize and help each other.

Learn more about Disaster Support Hubs, how to prepare an emergency kit, what to include in an emergency plan, and how to sign up for an emergency preparedness workshop.

Prepare for an earthquake and other disasters now 

Download the City's VanConnect app

The VanConnect app has the functionality to alert users of emergencies when they happen allowing the City to communicate directly with the public through push notifications. In the event of an emergency, the City can use the app to send emergency updates and messages directly to citizens.

VanConnect is available to anyone with a smartphone and can be downloaded for free from the Apple, Google, and Blackberry stores.

Download VanConnect