We live in an area that is considered to be earthquake prone, and therefore, such an event can occur at any time, with out warning.  Reducing hazards and knowing what to do can make a big difference in how an earthquake affects your household.

Earthquakes Canada, a division of Natural Resources Canada, closely tracks all earthquake activity right across the country.  This data is current, and available on their website:

Image of recent Earthquake activity in Canada

The purpose of this guide is to assist you and your family prepare how respond to an earthquake should it occur, and what to do immediately thereafter.

The following checklist will help you get started with your planning:

  1. Pick one or more ‘safe places’ in each room and practice “Drop” -> “Cover” -> and Hold on” in each place
  2. Choose an out-of-town relative or friend to be a family contact person
  3. Put together disaster supply kits
  4. Teach household members how to turn off utilities
  5. Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets
  6. Secure the water heater to the wall with two steel straps
  7. Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and tall furniture to wall studs
  8. Secure items that might fall (TV, books, computers, etc)

Please review the steps in this guide, and also learn how to prepare an ‘Earthquake Kit’