Earthquake and tsunami ready social media package

Image depicting earthquake and tsunami hazards.

Getting prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis is an important step toward building resilient communities. To help, Prepared BC has created an easy-to-use social media package with graphics and pre-written content. 

Post this content directly to your own social media channels OR follow @PreparedBC on Facebook and Twitter to share our tweets and posts!

Instructions for posting

  • Copy-and-paste the content below in a new Twitter or Facebook post
  • Download, then attach the earthquake or tsunami preparedness graphic below. The graphics work on both Twitter and Facebook
  • Option: add information, photos and hashtags specific to your community
  • Links and tagged accounts can be tricky, make sure to check they work before you post

social media graphic depicting earthquake hazards with the words Earthquake Preparedness in white text on a black box.

Social media graphic depicting tsunami hazards with the words Tsunami Preparedness in white text on a black box.

Earthquake

 

Strong shaking from an #earthquake can topple furniture & appliances. It can also toss heavy items from walls, shelves & cupboards. Learn how to prepare your home: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


Do you know how to turn off your gas, water and electrical panel if you need to after an #earthquake? Learn more: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


Make sure your family’s beds are a safe place if an #earthquake happens at night. Never hang pictures or mirrors above where you sleep. Learn more: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


An emergency plan will help your family respond quickly and recover faster after an #earthquake. Make your plan today: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If an #earthquake happens, your family will need an emergency plan so everyone knows how to respond quickly & safely. PreparedBC can help with its easy, fill-in-the-blanks plan: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If you’re separated from loved ones after an earthquake, how will you get in touch? What if phone lines are jammed? Make a plan & ensure your family knows the contact list and how to use it: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Home insurance policies cover #earthquake damage & losses. Plan ahead and research your options by calling your insurance representative or contacting @IBC_Pacific to learn more.


After an #earthquake do you need your emergency kit or grab-and-go bag? That depends on where you are and where it’s safest to shelter. Watch this video for more: http://ow.ly/o3zW50CaIeE


If a damaging #earthquake makes your home unsafe to stay in, you’ll need to leave and find emergency shelter. That means you’ll need grab-and-go bags for everyone in your home. Learn how to build yours: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


After an earthquake, your home may be safe to shelter in, but not have power or water. In that case, you’ll need an emergency kit. Learn how to build yours: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


After an earthquake, it’s important to follow directions from local authorities. Follow (ADD YOUR EMERGENCY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS OR WEBSITES) to make sure you receive the latest information, quickly.


During an emergency like an #earthquake, getting information is vital. For provincial emergency information follow @EmergencyInfoBC. For local information follow (ADD YOUR EMERGENCY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS OR WEBSITES)


If you feel shaking, don’t wait! Drop, Cover and Hold On under the nearest sturdy piece of furniture. Learn more about preparing your home & family for an earthquake: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


During an earthquake, many injuries occur when people try to run. When you feel shaking, Drop, Cover and Hold On. Learn more about earthquake response: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


If you’re in a wheelchair, in a movie theatre or in bed when an earthquake happens, you might not be able to Drop, Cover and Hold On. Learn what to do in these situations & more: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


Are you registered for ShakeOutBC? Join thousands of British Columbians and practice your Drop, Cover and Hold On earthquake response every October. Visit shakeoutbc.ca to register


After an #earthquake, and after you’ve done your Drop, Cover and Hold On, then what? Count to 60 before getting up, allowing displaced objects to settle. Learn more about the next steps to take: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


If you’re near the coast and feel an earthquake – do not wait! Move immediately to higher ground – at least 20M above sea level. Learn how to prepare for tsunamis: preparedbc.ca/tsunamis


After an #earthquake, assess your environment and follow directions from local authorities. Do not call 911 to report the earthquake. Only call 911 for serious injuries. Learn more about responding safely: preparedbc.ca/earthquakes

Having an emergency plan and kit aren’t the only ways to get prepared for an earthquake. Did you know there are things you can do to prevent damage inside your home? Learn what steps to take, as well as how to respond safely when the earth starts shaking. 

www.preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


Preparing your home before an earthquake strikes can reduce potential damage and injuries. Take these first steps to make sure your home is as safe as possible:

✅Secure bookcases and other large furniture to walls using L-brackets
✅Move heavy glass and canned goods from high shelves or cupboards to lower ones
✅Do not hang pictures or mirrors above beds

Visit www.preparedbc.ca/earthquakes for more home safety tips.


After an earthquake, your family may have to respond quickly to stay safe and reconnect. How will your family respond if:

🏚️Your home is not safe to stay in?
🎒Some members are at school, work or daycare?
🔥Someone needs to turn off the gas?
🐱No one’s home and your pets require care?

Having a plan means your family won’t panic and will know what to do. Get started today with Prepared BC’s easy, fill-in-the-blanks template: www.preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If you’re separated from loved ones after an earthquake, how will you get in touch? What if phone lines are jammed?

Your family should have an emergency contact list and multiple methods of getting in touch. Consider making a group chat, too!

Get started on your plan today: www.preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


After an earthquake do you need your emergency kit or grab-and-go bag?

That depends on where you are and where it’s safest to shelter after the shaking stops.

✔️Is your home structurally sound? If yes, it’s best to stay where you are and use your emergency kit if you’re without power or water.
✔️Has your home sustained severe damage and is not safe to stay in? Then it’s time to leave with your grab-and-go bags, following directions from local officials.

Learn how to build both: http://ow.ly/o3zW50CaIeE


After an earthquake, your home may be safe to shelter in, but not have power or water. In that case, you’ll need an emergency kit. Get started with this basic list:

✔️Non-perishable food for a minimum of 3 days to a week.
✔️Water: 4 litres per person, per day, for a minimum of 3 days to a week.
✔️Hand-crank or battery-operated radio and flashlights
✔️Batteries and battery bank for device charging
✔️First aid kit & extra medications
✔️Personal hygiene and sanitation items
✔️Seasonal clothing, footwear and blankets

Visit www.preparedbc.ca/emergencykit for a full list of items and personal considerations.


During an earthquake, follow all directions from local authorities. To make sure you receive the latest information, bookmark these accounts now:

(ADD YOUR EMERGENCY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS OR WEBSITES)
✅@EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter

Don’t forget, if one type of communication is down, others may be working. Check local TV channels and radio stations, as well as social media accounts, websites and text alerts for important safety information.


If you feel the unmistakable shaking of an earthquake, don’t wait! Immediately Drop, Cover and Hold On – preferably under a sturdy piece of furniture like a table or desk. Many injuries occur when people try to run.

When the shaking stops, count to 60 before getting up, allowing displaced objects to settle. Check around you and consider if the building is safe or if you should leave. Be aware that aftershocks are likely.

Learn more about earthquake response and preparedness at www.preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


When an earthquake strikes, you might not be able to Drop, Cover and Hold On. What should you do if you’re:

❓ In a wheelchair
❓ In bed
❓ In a movie theatre
❓ At the beach

Learn what to do in these situations and more at www.preparedbc.ca/earthquakes


Are you registered for Shake Out BC? Don't delay, sign up today at www.shakeoutbc.ca. When you're done, download @PreparedBC’s Earthquake & Tsunami Guide. It has great advice on how to prepare your home and family before the ground shakes. http://ow.ly/6D2M30pySpv


There are many things to consider for your immediate safety after an earthquake:

⚠️ Is the building safe to stay in?
⚠️ Do you need to connect with family who may not be with you?
⚠️ Can you check local TV, radio or social media for safety information?

First, make sure you’re physically okay, and in a place that is safe to stay. Then, follow the pre-determined steps in your emergency plan to take the guesswork out of your response. Learn more: www.preparedbc.ca/earthquakes

Tsunami

 

Your tsunami preparedness plan should include knowing how to get to high ground after an earthquake or tsunami warning. Contact us for info: (INCLUDE YOUR COMMUNITY’S WEBSITE AND/OR THE COMMUNITY EVACUATION PLAN).


If you’re notified of a tsunami warning, you’ll need to get to high ground quickly. Having a grab-and-go bag will make evacuation safer & more comfortable. Learn how to build one and where to keep it: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


If you aren’t at home during a tsunami warning, do you know what to do? Does everyone in your household know how to get to high ground? Where will you meet when it’s safe? Make a plan & practice your #earthquake & #tsunami response. Preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If a tsunami is caused by an #earthquake that wasn’t felt on land, you’ll be notified by TV, radio and text on compatible devices. Follow @EmergencyInfoBC and (add your local social media accounts)


In (YOUR COMMUNITY) you will be notified of a tsunami threat by (WEBSITE, RADIO, TEXT MESSAGE, LOCAL EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM, SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS?) Visit (ADD YOUR WEBSITE OR LOCAL EMERGENCY ALERT REGISTRATION) to learn more.


Because we live on BC’s coast, it’s important to know we are in tsunami notification zone (INSERT LOCAL ZONE). During a tsunami warning, not all zones could be affected. Learn about the notification zones here: preparedbc.ca/tsunamis


Do you know the difference between a tsunami warning & tsunami watch? Learn about the different types of tsunami alerts: preparedbc.ca/tsunamis


If you are near the coast & just felt an earthquake, or have been notified of a tsunami warning: DO NOT WAIT, move immediately to (ADD YOUR COMMUNITY'S PRE-IDENTIFIED SAFE AREA). Learn more: preparedbc.ca/tsunamis


During a tsunami warning, do not go to the shore! Waves move faster than you can run. Move to your high ground location & stay there until officials tell you it’s safe to leave. Learn more: preparedbc.ca/tsunami


During a tsunami warning, follow all directions from local officials. Do not call 911 to report an earthquake, only call 911 for serious injuries. Follow @EmergencyInfoBC (ADD YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS) for the latest information.

Are you ready to respond in case of a tsunami? Get prepared by taking these steps:

🌊 Make sure everyone in your household knows their high ground location at (ADD HIGH GROUND/LOCAL RECEPTION CENTRE LOCATIONS)
🌊 Make sure everyone in your household knows the route to their high ground location – even if they’re at work or school
🌊 Make sure everyone in your household has a grab-and-go bag

Learn more: preparedbc.ca/tsunamis


Know where to get vital information before a tsunami warning. Bookmark these accounts for quick access.

You’ll find local information at (ADD YOUR LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND WEBSITE)

Make sure to follow Emergency Info BC for provincial information.


Because we live on BC’s coast, it’s important to know we are in tsunami notification zone (ADD YOUR LOCAL ZONE). During a tsunami warning, not all zones could be affected. It’s important to understand where the different zones are located, especially if you travel to other areas of the coast.

Learn about the 5 notification zones: www.preparedbc.ca/tsunamis


DYK there are different levels of tsunami alerts? Knowing the difference will help you respond quickly and safely if one is issued:

⚠️ Warning
⚠️ Advisory
⚠️ Watch
⚠️ Information Statement
⚠️ Cancellation

Learn what these alerts mean & what action to take for each: www.preparedbc.ca/tsunamis


During a tsunami warning, know how to respond quickly to support first responders and help keep others safe.

✅ If you just felt an earthquake, don’t wait! Move immediately to high ground with your grab-and-go bags.
✅ Follow all directions from officials and monitor these accounts for the latest information: Emergency Info BC, (add your local social media emergency accounts)
✅ Stay at your high ground location until officials tell you it’s safe to leave. Do not go to the shore.
✅ Do not call 911 to report an earthquake; only call 911 for serious injuries. 

For more information:
www.preparedbc.ca/tsunami

(ADD YOUR LOCAL WEBSITE WITH EMERGENCY INFORMATION)