EarthquakesEarthquakes are a reality for our area.
Earthquakes, on their own, are not necessarily emergencies. The impacts to buildings, infrastructure, and other areas caused by an earthquake, with the potential threat to life safety, are what create emergencies.Drop, Cover & Hold
The best way to protect yourself during an earthquake and aftershocks is to DROP, COVER and HOLD.
When the shaking begins drop under a sturdy desk, table or piece of furniture. Hold onto the legs of the furniture and hold this position. This will provide coverage to protect you from flying and falling debris.
- If you're in a HIGH-RISE BUILDING and not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms. Face away from the windows. Do not use elevators. Do not be surprised if alarm or sprinkler systems come on.
- If you're OUTDOORS, move to a clear area away from trees, signs, buildings/glass and downed electrical wires and poles.
- If you're DRIVING, slowly pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over for at least 60 seconds.
- If you're in a CROWDED STORE OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACE, do not rush to an exit. Move away from display shelves with objects that could fall on you.
- If you're in a WHEELCHAIR, move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels and protect your head with your arms.
- If you're in the KITCHEN, move away from the refrigerator, stove and overhead cupboards. See the recommended steps you can take to prepare before an earthquake.
- If you're in a STADIUM, ARENA OR THEATER, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over for at least 60 seconds. Then leave in a calm, orderly manner.
After an Earthquake, the City will be very busy assessing damage, identifying impacts to services, and attempting to restore service as quickly as possible. First responders will similarly be identifying impacts to their ability to provide service while simultaneously responding to requests for assistance.
Once you and those around you are safe, call 9-1-1 only if there is an immediate emergency that requires a first responder. Otherwise, attempt to meet with loved ones and care for those around you.
Follow the suggestions listed in the Emergency Telephone Numbers and Information Sources to remain connected and receive up-to-date information.
|Visit PreparedBC for more information on earthquakes and download a copy of the following guide:
Earthquake and Tsunami Guide.