FREE WORKSHOPS: Emergency Preparedness
January 6, 2016
The recent late-night earthquake near Victoria is a reminder that an earthquake can happen at any time. Victoria has a one in three probability of experiencing a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years, and your family needs to be prepared with enough food, water, medication and supplies to cope up to seven days without outside assistance.
FREE Emergency Preparedness Workshops
Take the opportunity to learn how your family can be more “emergency prepared" by registering for a free workshop offered by the Victoria Emergency Management Agency (VEMA), the City of Victoria’s resource for helping our community prepare for an emergency.
Learn about the hazards that can affect Victoria, what to include in your home emergency kit, what you can do to minimize injury and protect your home from an earthquake, and how to reunite with loved ones after a disaster. An emergency kit will also come in handy in the event of a power outage or winter storm.
The next workshops will be held on:
Wednesday, February 17
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street
Tuesday, February 24
10 a.m. - noon
Victoria City Hall
To register, email VEMA or call 250.920.3373.
What You Need to Know and Do
Below is what you need to know and do to protect your family in the event of a damaging earthquake:
- "Drop, Cover and Hold On!" is the most appropriate action to reduce injury and death until the shaking stops. Learn more at ShakeOutBC.
- Tsunamis are rare, but if an earthquake lasts for 60 seconds or more, or is so strong that it is difficult to stand, “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” until the shaking stops, then move away from beaches and low-lying areas to higher ground immediately. Monitor local media outlets and your municipality for updates.
- Ready-made emergency kits are available at local retailers or you can assemble your own using the City of Victoria’s Recipe for Disaster series as a guide. The recipe cards are available at City Hall and here.
- Twitter, Facebook and email are ways for you to communicate with loved ones and others in a disaster when phone lines may be over-loaded. During an emergency, follow @EmergencyInfoBC on twitter for alerts and updates.
- For helpful emergency preparedness tips, follow @PreparedBC and “Like” the Victoria Emergency Management Agency on Facebook.
- Only call 911 for life safety issues.
Learn more about what you need to do to protect your family in preparation for a damaging earthquake.
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