Be Prepared

Research tells us that it’s not a

matter of if a major earthquake will

hit British Columbia, but when.

Natural Resources Canada predicts that

there is a 30% chance of a significant

earthquake happening off the coast of

British Columbia in the next 50 years.

An earthquake of this magnitude could be


It’s time to make sure you are prepared

both physically and financially.

Be financially


Standard home insurance

policies do not include

coverage for earthquakes.

To make sure you are

protected, talk to your

insurance representative.

How much insurance should I have?

Earthquake insurance is often subject to a separate deductible. Your

insurance representative is the best resource for evaluating how much

earthquake insurance is right for you. Consider the following:

How much would it cost to rebuild your home? Can you afford it?

Could you afford to replace your household possessions if they were

destroyed by an earthquake?

Would you be able to afford additional living expenses if your home

was damaged by an earthquake?


Be physically


Take the time to make

plans with your family,

neighbours, colleagues

and friends. By working

together, communities

are better prepared.

During the earthquake...


Be sure to check resources online to know

what to do before, during and after an



Be physically prepared before an earthquake with these tips:


Preparing for

an earthquake


Create an emergency

kit and store it in a

safe, accessible place

Keep an emergency

kit for your office

Practice what to do in an

earthquake with family

Secure items that

may fall

Be sure your vehicle’s gas

tank is at least 1/4 full at

all times

Locate and tag water,

power and gas shutoffs

in your home

Keep a pair of shoes and

flashlight by all beds

Store water at home

and work

Buy a battery

operated or

wind-up radio

Speak to an




Emergency Supplies


First aid kit.

Shelter – a plastic tarp, a small

tent, blankets or large garbage


Drinking water – a three-day

supply of at least four litres of

water per person per day.

A supply of non-perishable food

and drinks.

Flashlight, hand-crank AM/FM

radio and spare batteries.

Essential medication and supplies

for everyone.

Personal toiletry items – toilet

tissue, soap, toothbrush, etc.

Class ABC fire extinguisher.

Crescent or pipe wrench to turn

off natural gas.

Sturdy shoes to protect from

broken glass and other debris.

Extra battery for cell phone --


You may also wish to include:

Outdoor/winter clothing,

including gloves.

Waterproof matches and candles

(do not use if there are gas leaks

or flammable liquids in the area).

Cash in small bills

A sleeping bag for each

household member

Garbage bags

Rope and heavy tape

A crowbar or pry bar

A backup gasoline generator

and extension cord.

Toys for children.

Evacuation and vehicle packs for

each person (see below and on

next page)


Booster cables and tools

Bottled drinking water – at least

four litres

Non-perishable food, with

manual can opener if needed

Outdoor clothing

A backpack

Sleeping bags, blankets

First aid kit and medication

Flashlight and batteries

Waterproof matches, candles

Toilet tissue and paper towels

Money, including coins

Regional map

Pen/pencil and paper


Get Involved

Join us at the Great British Columbia

Shake Out! IBC is a proud sponsor of the

annual Shake Out in BC, a province-wide

earthquake preparedness drill.

The Shake Out is held on the third

Thursday of October ever year.

Visit for more

details or to register!


can get



Every year, The British

Columbia Earthquake

Alliance along with

sponsors like IBC hold a

‘Show Me ShakeOut’

Poster and Video Contest.


for more information.

Did you Know?

The safest place to be during an

earthquake is under heavy tables or desks,

inside hallways, in corners of rooms, or

under archways.

Be sure to avoid doorways, windows,

mirrors or any objects that can fall. Also

stay away from doorways, the shaking may

cause the door to slam on you.

IBC in your


IBC has been touring the

Greater Vancouver Area

with the Quake Cottage,

a mobile earthquake

simulator, allowing British

Columbians to feel what

a real earthquake is like.


Questions about insurance?

Call us.

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Toll-free: 1-844-2ask-IBC



© 2015 Insurance Bureau of Canada. All rights reserved.

The information provided in this brochure is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

Please consult the appropriate qualified professional to determine if this information is applicable to your circumstances.



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