During Earthquake Day, the public will enjoy exhibitions, public lectures, earthquake drills, contests, documentaries of earthquake research at UBC, and many other activities. The communities can learn from local and international experts about all phases of earthquake resilience, namely mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. It is also an opportunity to network and potentially partner with groups of similar interests.

VECTOR, the Vancouver Emergency Communications Telecommunications Organization, will present its Community Emergency Response Vehicle (CERV) on Earthquake Day. The CERV acts as a radio and command vehicle supporting VECTOR deployments on behalf of the City. The CERV provides five multi-modal voice and data radio communications operating positions and meeting spaces. Also, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire Rescue, Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue, St. John Ambulance, and Salvation Army Food Truck will be on site for public displays.


Time Stage Event Site Event
09:00 Setup

Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue

  • Live search and rescue drill @ North Plaza
09:30 Pre-drill guest speakers

  • Naomi Yamamoto – Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness
  • Gregor Robertson – Mayor of Vancouver
  • Bill Adams – VP, Western & Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Dave Cockle – President, BC Earthquake Alliance

ShakeOut BC

  • “Drop, Cover, Hold on”
Exhibition @ Promenade
10:45 Public Lecture by Department of Civil Engineering @ UBC

11:00 Earthquake Engineering @ UBC

11:15 BC Schools Earthquake Early Warning Network

  • Overview of the network developed at UBC presented by Prof. Carlos Ventura – Professor and Director of Earthquake Engineering Research Facility
11:30 Presentation by City of Vancouver

  • Daniel Stevens – Director of Emergency Management
  • Patrick Ryan – Deputy CBO, Assistant Director Building
12:00 EERI UBC Chapter Interactive Outreach

ShakeDown Design Competition @ Alice MacKay Room & Exhibition @ Promenade

14:00 Earthquake Engineering @ UBC

14:15 Ocean Networks Canada Earthquake Early Warning

  • ShakeOut demonstration
14:45 ShakeOut BC

  • Documentary
15:00 ShakeDown Design Competition

  • Shake table testing