Personal Emergency Preparedness

Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to Vancouver (like what to do in the case of an earthquake, storm surge, and technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills and power failures) can help you better prepare.

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UBC Shake Out: Annual Event

 

What is the UBC Shake Out drill?
How can I participate in UBC Shake Out?

UBC Alert: Be Notified During a UBC Emergency

What does UBC Alert do?
How do I register for UBC Alert?

Emergency Preparedness Kit

What should be in an emergency kit?

Annual Emergency Exercise

What is the annual emergency exercise?

UBC Shake Out: Annual Earthquake Preparedness Drill

What is the UBC Shake Out drill?

More than 1,200 earthquakes are recorded each year in BC and a major earthquake will eventually occur in Vancouver.

UBC is always working to prepare our campus for emergency events such as earthquakes. We are improving our buildings and infrastructure to better withstand a major event and helping campus users know what to do when the earth starts moving.
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How can I participate in UBC Shake Out?

To help the campus community prepare for an earthquake, UBC participates in the province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise.

Each year in October, you’ll see the advertising encouraging you to DROPCOVER, and HOLD ON—because in an earthquake you may only have seconds to protect yourself before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you. Practising helps you be ready to react.
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UBC Alert: Be Notified During a UBC Emergency

What does UBC Alert do?

UBC ALERT is an important part of maintaining safety and security during an emergency. Make sure we have your number.

In the event of an emergency on campus, UBC ALERT sends text messages to your cell phone coordinated with messages on UBC`s main website (ubc.ca), Twitter (@ubcnews), and digital signs across campus.
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How do I register for UBC Alert?

Click on the appropriate link below to register your cell phone number with UBC Alert. Cell phone numbers collected are used solely for emergency purposes and are stored in accordance with university privacy standards.

Students

  1. Log into the UBC Student Service Centre.
  2. Add your cell phone number to “Your Details”

Staff and Faculty

  1. Log on to www.msp.ubc.ca.
  2. Update your contact information on the Faculty and Staff Self Service section.
  • Update your cell phone number in order to receive UBC Alerts with the “Phone Numbers” link under my Personal Info.
  • Update your emergency contact information (contact for parent, spouse, friend who can be reached in case you are ill or injured on campus) under “Emergency Contacts”.

If you encounter problems updating your contact numbers in Self Service, please contact the help desk at hrwebadm@hr.ubc.ca.

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Emergency Preparedness Kit

What should be in an emergency kit?

Things to consider having in your emergency kit at work or at home are:

  • 4 litres of water per person per day for at least three days (drinking and sanitation)
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags
  • Manual can opener for food

A more thorough list can be found here.

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Annual Emergency Exercise

What is the annual emergency exercise?

UBC has conducted annual emergency exercises since 1992. The exercises are used to test and improve the effectiveness of UBC’s emergency response plans and procedures.

These exercises bring together first responder agencies (i.e., police, fire department and ambulance), other external agencies and UBC departments.

Participants respond to a variety of simulated site emergencies, including earthquakes, hazardous material spills, fires, airplane crashes and structural collapses.

The UBC Disaster Response Plan is based on the British Columbia Emergency Response Management System (BCERMS), and uses an “all hazards” approach to emergency response.

The exercises are developed, arranged and administered by Risk Management Services. This process has been coordinated by the Emergency Planning Steering Committee (EPSC) Exercise Design subcommittee since 1997. The committee includes the RCMP, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, BC Ambulance Service, Risk Management Services and other relevant UBC departments.

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