Everyone talks about "The Big One" and when it will happen, but no one knows for sure. Chilliwack could experience an earthquake that causes damage and injury.
Before an Earthquake
A few steps you can take to be better prepared in case of an earthquake include:
- make a plan
- have an emergency kit ready
- practice! Join the annual Great BC ShakeOut – BC’s largest earthquake drill!
During an Earthquake
Drop, Cover and Hold On:
- DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down).
- COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won't fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
- HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops.
- Prepare Now for an Earthquake in British Columbia
A guide for BC families and individuals to be prepared for an earthquake.
- Be Ready for an Earthquake
Tips on earthquake safety and preparedness.
- PreparedBC’s Household Preparedness Guide (PDF)
- PreparedBC’s Household Emergency Plan (PDF)
Includes Emergency Contact Cards so you can record who needs to be called by family members following a major emergency, when telephone communication should be limited.