After an earthquake

After an earthquake, it’s important to stay calm and move carefully, watching for hazards above and around you. You or others may be injured. Treat yourself first and then assist others.

Quick tips for after an earthquake

Expect aftershocks, which may occur after an earthquake.

After the shaking stops:

  • Retrieve your emergency kit
  • Administer first aid if needed
  • Listen or follow local media for emergency information

If you suspect sewer or water line damage, do not use your toilet.

Check for gas leaks

  1. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building.
  2. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if it is safe for you to do so.
  3. Call FortisBC (1-800-663-9911) to report the smell of gas or to report that you have turned off the gas meter.

If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.

Check for electrical damage

Turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker if it is safe for you to do so you if you:

  • see sparks
  • see broken or frayed wires
  • smell hot insulation

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