Early warning system

The early warning system utilizes shock waves produced by the earthquake


As part of BC Shake-Out on October 15, Dr Carlos Ventura gave a short presentation at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch about the earthquake early warning system developed at the University of British Columbia. He also talked about the nature of earthquakes and what is being done to ensure that the buildings where we live, study and work are earthquake-ready. The early warning system utilizes shock waves produced by the earthquake, four main types of waves within the two categories of fast and slower waves:

  • Fast propagating primary waves (P-waves, which do little damage)
  • Slower propagating shear waves (S-waves, which do the most damage by shaking back and forty)

Buried sensors send data to computers at UBC’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility for analysis to see if it indicates that a major earthquake is eminent. The sensors were placed at 50 schools of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the Vancouver area. If a significant earthquake is detected, a signal will be sent to these schools.

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NYT article ‘How to Prepare Your Community for a Disaster’

NYT article about starting disaster preparedness in a community

How to Prepare Your Community for a Disaster

Quotes from the article:
“Instead of going door-to-door to rally neighbors, you’ll find more success if you piggyback on existing institutions to organize people in times of need, Mr. Stripling said.”  — Alan Henry, [Hubcaps] How to Prepare Your Community for a Disaster, New York Times, Feb 15, 2018 
“The most important thing to understand is that planning for these sorts of things is about the process, not any final document,”  — Mitch Stripling, the assistant commissioner of Agency Preparedness and Response for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the co-host of “Dukes of Hazards: The Emergency Management Podcas
“So, it’s important to get your group ready to improvise. Building your group into a team that can react to different types of events is more important than being ready to run any one evacuation plan.” — Mitch Stripling
“Neighbors don’t panic and run (that’s a movie myth), they adapt to the situation, take the injured to hospitals and do anything they can to be helpful,” he said. “People are hard-wired to come together as a community after disasters. Rebecca Solnit writes about it movingly in her book, ‘A Paradise Built in Hell’; helping others is one thing that makes us human.”  
— Mitch Stripling
 “Your local coffee shop could host a Godzilla Awareness Party. Your small group can help bring people in using an ‘each one reach one’ approach around the neighborhood — and most localities have emergency management teams that would be thrilled to speak at an event like that.”  — Mitch Stripling

Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs Spring 2017 Newsletter

Excellent newsletter, encouraging and tangible for us to follow. Listed below are a few selected parts to dive into further and let’s plan to study the whole newsletter again.

Click for: Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs Spring 2017 Newsletter

 Seattle’s volunteer HAM radio operators are organized to support communications in the event of disasters or when the city needs assistance in event communications.  His 45 minutes presentation can be seen HERE 

New VIDEO created showing the hubs and importance of being prepared https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTg2plSt1NY&feature=youtu.be=

LINK  to detailed list of activities

Since its first publication in 2015, this newly UPDATED DOCUMENT  summarizes the preparedness efforts of several City departments and offers a comprehensive view of the City’s efforts to-date as it continues to prepare Seattle for a major earthquake.

2017 Strategic Plan Seattle: The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management creates a STRATEGIC PLAN  each year and then tracks progress to the Plan. 

Specifically for 2016, the Office of Emergency Management has posted its 2016 YEAR-END REPORT  

Cascadia Earthquake Anniversary, January 26

The following message was sent by Pascal Schuback, Executive Director of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) on January 26th:

Today marks the 317th year since the Pacific Northwest experienced an estimated magnitude 9.0 megathrust earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This earthquake also created a large tsunami that attacked the Pacific Northwest coast line and 10 hours later, the coast of Japan. The Cascadia Subduction Fault runs offshore and dips under Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and the Province of British Columbia and is recognized as one of the world’s most dangerous faults that has built up enough strain to rupture again without warning.

The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) is a coalition of private and public representatives working together to improve the ability of region’s communities, business and citizens to reduce the effects of earthquakes and related hazards. We work to build stronger relationships within and between the public, private, academic and other non-profit organizations.

On October 19, 2016 CREW and our many partners participated in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill a global exercise practicing the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” steps to take during an earthquake with record participation levels, including 800,000 in British Columbia, 500,000 in Oregon, 1.1 million in Washington and 10.6 million in California. The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will take place again on October 19, 2017. Register here to be one of the millions to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”
Additionally, CREW continues working on many projects and initiatives in 2017, including participating with the recently kicked off Resilient Washington Sub Cabinetto help our state better prepare for natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, drought, storms and flooding. Other projects being released include new fact sheets on preparedness and seismic safety for schools, workshops for small businesses and schools, and a recommendation for a Cascadia Region Coordinated Earthquake Risk Communication Plan.

CREW also has been working with our partners to promote the need to prepare and mitigate from the risk of this earthquake, including the 2 Weeks Ready Campaign with the States of Oregon and Washington. Additional projects include the release of the “Without Warning Tsunami” comic book in partnership with Dark Horse Comics and Oregon Emergency Management. CREW and Oregon Emergency Management also released the “Tsunami Safe” awareness course for the hospitality communities on the coast. Additional publications include earthquake scenarios including the “Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake scenario.”

Finally, the anniversary reminds us of the opportunity for our families, schools and businesses to prepare for the next earthquake – which may be as large as magnitude 8.9 – 9.2. An earthquake of this size on the Cascadia fault will be one thousand times more powerful than the 2001 magnitude 6.8 Nisqually Earthquake. The impacts to coastal communities will be similar to the past earthquakes that struck Japan in 2011 and Chile in 2010. And economically, the long-term impacts to the Pacific Northwest region are projected to be tens of billions of dollars in damages and loss from the effect of this earthquake. Public and personal investments in hazard mitigation now will reduce these losses and greatly speed recovery.
There is never a better day to prepare than today. CREW continues its commitment and charter to strengthen this capability in the region, and looks forward to our ongoing partnership with states, the province, businesses, and individuals.

Pascal Schuback
Executive Director


March 10, 7:00 PM – Earthquake Preparedness Event with Ann Pacey

Earthquake Preparedness Personal & Family
We all witnessed the earthquakes in New Zealand, Haiti and Chile. Living in Vancouver, we too could be faced with an earthquake—yet few of us are prepared. We’ll cover developing your family emergency plan, how to conduct a “Home Hazard” Hunt and what to do when an earthquake strikes.

When disaster strikes, ESS volunteers will be relied upon to assist those who have been impacted. Volunteers are trained to operate reception and group lodging centers during emergencies, which provide food, clothing, lodging, pet services, and other required services. In addition, volunteers can participate in the Volunteer, Pet, Public Education and Exercise planning committees.

Workshop given by  Ann Pacey of Emergency Social Services,(ESS) at Dunbar Community Centre (DCC), March 10 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Click here for Registration or telephone 604.222.6060 ext.1


March 17, 2016: Do you Feel Prepared? Multiple Perspectives on Disaster Preparedness

Katarina Halm
Carly Belzberg &

March 17, 2016
7-8 PM
Dunbar Community Centre
(DCC) 4747 Dunbar St
Register: registration@cascadiaearthquakepreparedness.ca

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March 20-23, 2016 International Disaster Psychosocial (DPS) Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada

March 20-23, 2016 International Disaster Psychosocial (DPS) Conference at The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Provincial Health Services Authority, Disaster Psychosocial Program is presenting their inaugural conference on disaster psychosocial considerations. The conference will provide a forum for presentations and discussion including:

  • Exchanging knowledge of informed psychosocial practise in disaster response and recovery
  • Training and education to experienced psychosocial responders
  • Managing Disaster Psychosocial planning, training, capacity building, response and recovery, evaluation and monitoring
  • Integrating psychosocial support in overall emergency management
  • Maximizing opportunities for partnerships, networking and information sharing with a cross section of agencies; government, non-governmental organizations

Some DEEP volunteers plan to attend the conference.  Please let us know if you plan to participate so we can collaborate.

Programme     More information

Dr. Dan Bilsker on psychological safety in disasters

Considerable progress has been made in enhancing the physical safety of emergency responders, but a new call has emerged to better protect their psychological safety. This reflects an increasing awareness of the relationship between psychological hazards such as critical incidents or bullying, and disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

This talk will address critical questions concerning psychological safety in…cluding:

  • How does psychological safety fit with the traditional occupational health and safety approach?
  • What are practical methods to identify and control psychological hazards?
  • What is being done in Canada to enhance psychological safety in the workplace?


February 18, 2016, Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society Lectureship Series in Mental Health & Addiction Research presented: Dr. Dan Bilsker critical aspects of psychological safety in disasters

Dr. Dan Bilsker
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU
Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

DEEP volunteer Katarina Halm attended Dr. Dan Bilsker’s lecture in Surrey February 18, 2016, and we may invite Dr. Dan Bilsker to  present for DEEP in Dunbar.

Neighbours preparing together!
Dunbar Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness (DEEP)
Website https://cascadiaearthquakepreparedness.ca/
Telephone 604-263-9123 / 778-859-1234
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