Prepare for an earthquake in British Columbia

 When an earthquake strikes, you must be ready to act immediately. To survive, you and your family should prepare a survival plan. Preparing a plan will help you and your family:

  • Avoid injury and help others
  • Minimize damage to your property
  • Survive at least 72 hours without help from emergency response officials. 

What to do BEFORE an earthquake

  • Prepare an emergency plan for your family and household. 
  • If you live alone, develop a plan with links to neighbours and friends. 
  • Take a first aid course, learn CPR. 
  • Know the safe places to be - and where not to be - in your home during an earthquake. Practice taking cover in the safe places 
    • Safe places:
      Under heavy tables or desks; inside hallways; corners of rooms or strong archways. 
    • Dangerous places:
      Near windows or mirrors; under heavy objects that can fall; the kitchen where the stove, refrigerator or contents of cupboards may fall on you; doorways where the shaking may slam the door on you. 
  • Prepare and practice an emergency plan together as a family.
  • Discuss what could happen and what you should do at home, at school or at work if an earthquake strikes.
  • Prepare a list of what needs to be done ahead of time. Divide up tasks so that everyone participates. Write down and exercise your plan.

Copyright: A. Makarow 1998 - Revised September 17, 2008