Category Archives: Public Safety

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.

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

Special air quality statement for British Columbia – Bulkley Valley and The Lakes


WOCN20 CWVR 280417
Special air quality statement for British Columbia
Updated jointly by Environment Canada and Metro Vancouver and the 
B.C. Ministry of Environment
At 9:17 PM PDT Wednesday 27 March 2013.
Special air quality statement for:
      Bulkley Valley and The Lakes - southeast including Burns Lake.

Road dust advisory in effect for Houston and Burns Lake.

The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Northern Health
Authority has issued a road dust advisory for Houston and Burns Lake 
because of high concentrations of dust that are expected to persist 
until further notice.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone 
strenuous exercise and consider staying indoors until the advisory is 

If you are experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat 
irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or 
wheezing, follow the advice of your health care provider, 
particularly if you are elderly, have asthma, hay fever, breathing or 
lung conditions or if you react strongly to dust.



Earthquake Research on Vancouver Island, some stuff we didn’t know

Why slow slip can portend a major earthquake.  WE need to be prepared.  The article is interesting and informative. Some think Cascaidia is due or overdue for a very large quake. This would impact Washington State as well as British Columbia. There is a  theory the effect would be felt well inland.  To read this informative article go to