Approximately 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada each year, most of them small ones. While earthquakes can occur in any Canadian region, British Columbia is most at risk from a major earthquake. Other areas prone to earthquakes are the St. Lawrence and Ottawa River valleys, as well as parts of the three northern territories. Canada’s Minister of Public Safety has released the Government of Canada’s updated Earthquake Guide to help Canadian families prepare for and respond to a sudden earthquake.
We all have a role to play in keeping our families and communities safe, and that includes ensuring we take as many precautions as possible to prepare for emergency situations and natural disasters. This guide is about proactive emergency preparedness, providing a 3 step contingency plan. The 2 non-incident specific steps can help families prepare for other emergencies as well.
The release of this updated Earthquake Guide comes as British Columbians prepare for a province-wide earthquake drill on January 26, 2011, the 311th anniversary of the largest quake in Canadian history. “The updated Earthquake Guide provides clear, important advice for individuals and families in the event of an earthquake. This includes being prepared to cope on our own for at least the first 72 hours so emergency teams can focus on those in the most urgent need. Every one of us should be aware of the risks, make a plan and obtain an emergency kit,” concluded Minister Toews.