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Know what to do in the event of an earthquake or tsunami

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s another reminder that we live on the West Coast: Today marks the start of Tsunami Preparedness Week.

The Public Safety Ministry is once again asking everyone living in areas at risk of an earthquake or tsunami to plan ahead for a possible disaster.

“We know B.C. is a seismically active zone, so now is the time for British Columbians to create emergency plans and assemble earthquake kits,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.

“High-ground hikes are happening this week in communities along our coast, which are designed to remind residents in coastal locations to evacuate to high ground and out of harm’s way.”

Just over a year ago, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska triggered a tsunami warning in parts of B.C.

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To prepare yourself for a possible tsunami in the future, you’re advised to become familiar with the local evacuation routes and where reception centres are.

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If you are near the coast and feel the ground shake, you should drop, cover and hold on — and then move to high ground right away. If you do not have an evacuation plan or map in place, you should try to get to at least 20 metres of elevation.

Once you get to higher ground, stay there and wait for the “all clear,” as tusnami waves can last for hours.

If you are able to tune in to the radio, TV, and check social media, you can get information from there.

Your emergency kit should include supplies to last you at least three days, but ideally upwards of a week.