Emergency Preparedness Week

Have you ever thought about how to prepare for an emergency? How would you:

  • Look after yourself or your family for 72 hours?
  • Cope without power or tap water?
  • Contact your family and receive information?

Emergency Preparedness Week – May 4-10, 2014  is a great time to take three simple steps to better prepare yourself and your family to face a range of emergencies:

1. Know the risks

Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to Vancouver (like what to do in the case of an earthquake, storm surge, and technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills and power failures) can help you better prepare.

Learn about hazards and emergencies here in BC and across Canada.

2. Make a plan

Every student, staff and faculty member needs an emergency plan to guide them if disaster strikes. You should practice what to do in different emergency situations.

3. Get a Kit

During an emergency, you may need to get by without power or tap water for several days. You will need some basic supplies (items such as three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, batteries, , battery-operated or wind-up radio, first aid kit, pocket knife, prescriptions, extra set of keys and money, and copies of important documents). Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

City of Vancouver emergency planning workshops

 Want to learn more about preparing yourself, your family, and your pets for an emergency? Sign up for a free City of Vancouver emergency planning workshop.

In the workshops, you will learn to prepare for, respond to, and recover from earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters. You can also learn how to reduce possible damage to your property.

These workshops are offered through the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP). They are two hours long, and are held regularly in community centres throughout Vancouver. The workshops are free to attend.

City of Vancouver: Are you prepared for an earthquake

Additional information

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Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
Tel 604-822-2029
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