Prepare for an earthquake in British Columbia
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
- 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
- Know the safe places to be - and
where not to be - in your home during an
earthquake. Practice taking cover in the safe
- Safe places:
Under heavy tables or desks; inside
hallways; corners of rooms or strong
- 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
- 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
Copyright: A. Makarow © 1998 - Revised
September 17, 2008