Neighbours preparing together!  邻居们,让我们一起准备起来!

Updated January 16, 2016
Notes from the January 11 organizing committee meeting! or full url

DEEP Events, Workshops, Organizing Committee Meetings.
These events are FREE. Donations to DEEP are welcome.

Three Hour Planning Scenario Workshop
Click to Register:
or Telephone 604-263-9123 or 778-859-1234
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2016 ~ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
McLean Hall, St George’s School Senior Campus, 4175 West 29th Ave

3rd Thursdays Community Meetings 7-8 PM
Dunbar Community Centre 4747 Dunbar Street

Click to Register:
or Telephone 604-263-9123 or 778-859-1234
* No meeting on January 21st or February 18, 2016
* March 21 theme to be announced.
* April 21 Michelle Petrusevich  presents for Fortes BC


DEEP Organizing Committee Meetings
Click to Register:
or Telephone 604-263-9123 or 778-859-1234
* We are an all volunteer group and welcome new energy.
Please consider joining us!
* Organizing Committee Meetings
Dunbar Community Centre 4747 Dunbar Street
Next Meeting: TUESDAY AFTERNOON 4:30 PM February 9, 2016
Contiuing on MONDAY AFTERNOONS 4:30 PM
Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9, June 13,  2016
(No meetings for July and August)

Neighbours preparing together!


Please consider posting our invitation
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Residents, family, friends, caregivers, shopkeepers, businesses and those who visit the Dunbar Neighbourhood of Vancouver BC

City Links:
The ALL Hazard Emergency Preparedness Workbook
NEPP home hazards hunt worksheet
Prepare for an Earthquake and other Disasters
What to do During and after an Earthquake

DEEP Vision Statement
DEEP Vision Statement ~ The Purpose of Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP) ~ 登巴社区地震及紧急事件的预防准备(以下简称 DEEP)

From Linda MacAdam
How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes

From Ann Pacey:
When will a massive earthquake, tsunami hit the Pacific Northwest?

Map Your Neighbourhood  MYN full collection of segments,

Ann’s & Tim’s  Peak Moment interviews
‘This Family is Prepared,  Parts 1 & 2’
This Family is Prepared Part 1
This Family is Prepared Part 2

Tim’s presentation for DEEP
* Hazards & Risks – Earthquakes & Associated Risks, Tim Beale presentation

Map Your Neighbourhood  MYN
Stay tuned for projects at Dunbar Community Centre into the new year
John Halldorson, DEEP Chair; 
DCCA, Board of Directors, Facilities/Health and Safety Chair
Colin Gray,DEEP Organizer and Facilitator
Kirsten Brawn, DEEP Concierge for meeting set up and greetings

Hands On Workshops in the new year:
There is much we can do to prepare ourselves and our community!
Consider your priorities.
Help us choose the focus, for example:
~ Hands on first aid ~ Preparing food for emergency larder
~ Securing foundations of your house, latches for cupboard doors
Post a comment on our poll
or Telephone 604-263-9123 or 778-859-1234

 DEEP Calendar and Registration Page:
Registration & DEEP Calendar!

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*Dr. Carlos Estuardo Ventura, P.E., P.Eng, Professor and Director of Earthquake Engineering Research Facility Department of Civil Engineering, The University of British Columbia, continues to advise and present for DEEP 
* John Halldorson is now serving as director of Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP) and has joined the Board at Dunbar Community Centre:  Board of Directors, Facilities/Health and Safety Chair
* Ann Pacey, Founder of DEEP, continues to collaborate with organizing committee and present for DEEP community meetings.
* Colin Gray  facilitates the organizational aspects of DEEP meetings and hosted our October 17 and November 10 events.
* Kirsten Brawn helps with set up and greetings.
* Ian Graham facilitates the technical aspects of DEEP meetings and has created another film for our archives.
*Barb Bolwsby and Don Lawrence assist with DEEP presentations

The city of Vancouver is also raising awareness and encouraging individual and neighbourhood preparedness. A City funded video highlights the impact of a major earthquake.  It points out that the emergency services will be stretched beyond capacity (the definition of a disaster) and people will be on their own for significant periods of time.  Stay tuned for more on Disaster Support Hubs, a current city wide project.

DEEP committee members, Ann Pacey, John Halldorson, Jael Emberley,Katarina Halm, presented “Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) at Dunbar Community Centre, St George’s School, St Philip’s Anglican Church throughout 2015.  Each presentation brought five to fourteen neighbours together for a lively discussion of the popular DVD and step-by-step guide for preparing neighbourhood blocks.  The MYN programme was developed by the State of Washington and is perfectly suited for preparedness in Dunbar.  MYN is an excellent complement to the City of Vancouver’s emergency and disaster preparedness programmes.  DEEP volunteers continue to facilitate the MYN film and discussions. Let us know if you would like a presentation for your block. 

“We enjoyed the evening with Jael, it was very interesting. The Map Your Neighbourhood programme is well done. Here in Switzerland we may not understand the preoccupation – we live in a place less imperiled by earthquakes. Apart from preparing for disasters, the program helps build a new kind of relationship in neighbourhoods”.
              – Hanspeter and Mariann from Switzerland

Ian Graham created a  U-tube clip of Jael Emberley’s presentation and replies to some of the post-presentation audience questions. Sound isn’t great – no microphone available, and there was quite a bit of noise from the air conditioner in the room. The video is publicly available at final video is only 10-1/2 minutes long. Ian took out some gaps, and did not include the Washington State MYN video, except for very brief transitions, since a video of a video isn’t very clear. However, in the YouTube Description field Ian provided a link to the full collection of segments that is available at, so people can easily watch some or all.
* How to Mobilize your block for earthquake preparedness!
* A great plan for your next block watch meeting.
DVD and worksheets for Map Your Neighbourhood (MYN) are available. Pick up at of our  meetings or contact Katarina Halm at 604 263 9123, to coordinate pick up.     

DEEP has received an ongoing discount on St John’s Ambulance preparedness kits and supplies ~ available at the DEEP meetings.

Please join us: visit the pages of this website, find resources for your preparedness, add your comments, questions and resources. For more information and to engage in the conversation click on the blue links on this page!.

Tsunami evacuation map and applications:
BC Government brief descriptions of several areas where tsunami information might be gathered.
Tsunami Risk Areas on BC’s coast:  Slides 63 & 64 in Tim Beale’s presentation for DEEP showing Tsunami risk areas
We are intrigued by the scope of preparedness with map and apps created by the State of Oregon and wonder about a similar application and map for Canada’s West Coast:  Oregon Tsunami Information Clearinghouse – Oregon Dept. of Geology & Mineral Industries
Environment Canada evacuation map for Canada’s West Coast still looking for information and link
* The University of British Columbia evacuation map for Canada’s West Coast still looking for information and link

Ann’s & Tim’s  Peak Moment interviews ‘This Family is Prepared,  Parts 1 & 2’
This Family is Prepared Part 1
This Family is Prepared Part 2

Tim’s presentation for DEEP
* Hazards & Risks – Earthquakes & Associated Risks, Tim Beale presentation

Vancouver Sun – Saturday, December 27, 2014 – Page B1
“Catastrophic’ quake, tsunami brewing off Canada’s west coast:
B.C.’s auditor general says province is not doing enough to prepare for inevitable disaster.
Click for the article

Visit our page to engage in the discussion
* ‘From Chaos to Harmony’ with Anna Christensen
Risk Management Consultant and Wilderness First Aid

* Anna may be offering additional on-line classes soon
* Anna may be presenting for DEEP in the Fall of 2015


* Cascadia Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup
A  longer documentary video with excellent detail
*   The City website has been updated in the last few months,
This leads you onto several other pages with some more detail, including:
Prepare for an Earthquake and other Disasters
What to do During and after an Earthquake
Possible Hazards in Your Home
* City Sponsored Free Sessions
in Many Languages, for Many Ages, for People and also for Pets
*  DEEP Presentations, Meetings & Courses
All aspects of preparedness – knowledge, skills, and resources
*  Hazards & Risks – Earthquakes & Associated Risks, Tim Beale presentation
* References & Support for Earthquake Emergency Preparedness
Welcoming you to add to this page compiled 2010-2015.
* Stories of Preparedness in Dunbar
Let’s add some of our stories…. the comfort of being prepared.

PLEASE JOIN US! Neighbours Preparing Together!

For more information:
Email  or Phone: Katarina 604 263 9123 or Jael 778 859 1234

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3 replies
  1. happybones
    happybones says:

    Read: The New Yorker of July 20, 2015

    The Earthquake That Will Destroy The Pacific Northwest
    “Here’s a suggestion: Skip your morning coffee and instead read Kathryn Schulz’s terrifying piece on the massive earthquake that will one day hit the Pacific Northwest. Equal parts scientific mystery story and (scientifically accurate!) disaster movie script, you won’t be able to tear yourself away”.

    1. “Scientists were able to date the last major earthquake thanks to Japanese records from the early 18th century, which noted an ‘orphan tsunami’:

    “Finally, in a 1996 article in Nature, a seismologist named Kenji Satake and three colleagues, drawing on the work of Atwater and Yamaguchi, matched that orphan [tsunami] to its parent—and thereby filled in the blanks in the Cascadia story with uncanny specificity. At approximately nine o’ clock at night on January 26, 1700, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck the Pacific Northwest, causing sudden land subsidence, drowning coastal forests, and, out in the ocean, lifting up a wave half the length of a continent.”

    2. “When the quake hits, the land won’t just shake — it will shift:

    “When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries.”

    3. “The damage, if the earthquake reaches its full potential strength, will be catastrophic:

    “Whoever chooses or has no choice but to stay there will spend three to six months without electricity, one to three years without drinking water and sewage systems, and three or more years without hospitals. Those estimates do not apply to the tsunami-inundation zone, which will remain all but uninhabitable for years.”


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