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Prepare for emergencies and disasters


Earthquakes and other natural disasters can happen without warning. You and your family can stay safe during these emergencies, with help from the City.

Your responsibility

You need to have an emergency plan, so every member of your family understands what to do if there is an earthquake or other disaster.

You should also have supplies available (including food, water, and extra clothing), in case you need to leave your home, or survive in your home without water or electricity for several days.

The City's responsibility

The City has invested in a number of programs to keep roads, bridges, and buildings safe during earthquakes.

Staff also recruit and train community volunteers, who will help us set up and run emergency shelters during a disaster, and help provide the basic services to those impacted by a disaster.

Plan for an emergency

Make an emergency kit

Learn to make evacuation and emergency supply kits, and be self-sufficient for up to three days during an emergency.

Take or request a free emergency workshop

Take a free workshop in your local community centre, and learn how to prepare for earthquakes and other emergencies. Or request a free workshop for your business or community group.

Read the safety guide

Get all of the help and advice you need to survive a major earthquake or other disaster in Vancouver.

Help your community during an emergency

How you can help in an emergency

Learn how you can volunteer during City events or emergencies.

City emergency initiatives

How Vancouver prepares for emergencies

Learn about City of Vancouver projects and initiatives for keeping our city safe during an earthquake or other disaster.

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What to do during an earthquake...


Do you know what to do during an earthquake?

Standing in a doorway, running outside, or using the "triangle of life" method are not safe!

To protect yourself, you need to Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Learn how

Emergency safety kits

Emergency safety kit

Did you know there is a 1 in 3 chance of a major earthquake in Vancouver within the next 20-50 years?

Be prepared, by creating emergency safety kits filled with supplies you will need if you are forced to evacuate your home.

Get instructions

Last modified: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:03:03

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