Earthquake Actions for Individuals With Disabilities

Please download this PDF and post it in your, home, work place, and school.  To learn more about the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut  follow @ShakeOutBC on Twitter.

ShakeOut BC

Don’t forget to sign up and join CECA an thousands of others as we practice Drop Cover & Hold On on October 20, 2016



Exercise Coastal Response 2016, a full scale exercise led by EMBC. The exercise is designed to test the province’s response to a simulated worst case scenario earthquake. Exercise Coastal Response 2016 is linked with Exercise Staunch Maple (Joint Task Force Pacific), Exercise Pacific Quake (Public Safety Canada), Exercise Ardent Sentry (NORAD-US Northern Command) and Exercise Cascadia Rising (Washington State , Oregon, Idaho and FEMA).  This event will occur between June 7 and 10 2016. Various VHf,UHF, and HF frequencies will be in use.


Emergency Preparedness Week May 1 – 7, 2016


Please join us in using this week as a reminder to be prepared.  The wildfire season has come with a vengeance and many communities have had to implement mandatory evacuations, as well as shelter-in-place advisories.  Are you ready?

Here are some resources that you can use to plan for your family safety:

Wildfire Information

Earthquake Information



Did you feel it? #BCQuake

If you felt last night’s quake please go to: Natural Resources Canada and fill out their questionnaire.  This information will help plan for future earthquakes.

There are no reports of damage or injuries following a moderate earthquake that struck near Victoria late Tuesday.

The quake struck at 11:39 p.m. PST about 20 kilometres north of Victoria and was felt across much of southern British Columbia.

Natural Resources Canada said the quake measured 4.3 while the U.S. Geological Survey placed the magnitude at 4.8.

The Canadian agency said there were no reports of damage, adding that none would be expected.

From The Globe and Mail



Get your Vehicle Emergency Kit Ready

From here are the items that you will need in your vehicle for driving in adverse conditions, and in the event of an earthquake.

A basic kit should include:

  • Blanket
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Flashlight (crank or battery-powered). Replace batteries once a year.
  • Food that won’t spoil (such as energy bars) List of contact numbers
  • Radio (crank or battery-powered). Replace batteries once a year.
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Warning light or road flares
  • Water
  • Whistle

Recommended additional items to keep in your vehicle:

  • Antifreeze, windshield washer fluid
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road maps
  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Tow rope and jumper cables

Get the full brochure here: yprprdnssgd-eng

Follow @DriveBC for up to date road conditions

Follow @ShakeOutBC for earthquake awareness education.


The US Military is moving its morse code training sites. For more information go to

Tech. Sgt. Ryan N. Kilcrease’s quote:

“Morse will never fully go away as long as it remains the cheapest, most reliable way to communicate”

If you listen to the CW (a.k.a. Morse code) portions of the ham radio bands, you’ll hear that CW is still very much alive and well. It is an incredibly reliable and robust communications medium.  As we CW operators say: “CW always gets through!”

Vancouver Island Earthquake

Globe with Earthquake Location


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.4
  • 10 Sep 2014 16:36:42 UTC
  • 10 Sep 2014 07:36:43 near epicenter
  • 10 Sep 2014 08:36:42 standard time in your timezone
Location 50.667N 129.927W
Depth 10 km
  • 177 km (109 mi) W of Port Hardy, Canada
  • 341 km (211 mi) WNW of Campbell River, Canada
  • 368 km (228 mi) WNW of Courtenay, Canada
  • 394 km (244 mi) WNW of Powell River, Canada
  • 535 km (331 mi) WNW of Victoria, Canada
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 2.0 km
Parameters Nph = 83; Dmin = 211.2 km; Rmss = 1.10 seconds; Gp = 170°
Version =
Event ID us b000sb4f

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey