Some areas on the North Shore could experience flooding due to heavy rains, melting snow packs, and storm surges. People often underestimate the power of moving water. Floods can damage property, erode soil, and be contaminated with sewage, pesticides, oil, or chemical waste.

Men in protective uniforms and hardhats removing pieces of broken building during rescue mission after earthquake

Are You Ready?

A natural disaster can strike at any time, without warning. Learn how to make an emergency kit and plan, and protect yourself, your family, and your property.

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Earthquakes are common in British Columbia. Approximately 4,000 are recorded in the province each year.  


While most are too small to be felt, earthquakes strong enough to cause damage to buildings, property and infrastructure do happen. Critical services such as health care, transportation, power, water and sewer may be disrupted for weeks or even months. Residential buildings may not collapse but may be damaged to the extent they are not habitable. It will take time for emergency responders to help everyone who requires support, and the initial response will focus on the most vulnerable.


It is therefore important all residents of the North Shore take personal action to be prepared.

How to prepare

Planning ahead can reduce the danger of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. Start by:

Seismic retrofitting

Seismic retrofitting provides buildings with more resistance regarding earthquakes.

What to do during an earthquake

When you feel the ground shake, immediately: 

Get notified of an earthquake through one or more channels
Learn more about earthquakes and earthquake preparedness