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.

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