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 Earthquake Safety and Planning Resources

Emergencies can happen at anytime, whether it is an earthquake, a snowstorm or a localized power-outage it pays to be prepared. The following are some resources for families that you can use to learn about some of the natural events that could take place and how you can prepare to reduce the impact on your family. 

​Safety Education at Rutherford:
At Rutherford safety is our PRIORITY!

We take safety seriously at Rutherford and as part of our program we offer safety education, conduct regular safety drills plus we maintain First Aid and emergency safety supplies. Please click HERE​ to see our student safety awareness education brochure that will give you information about:
          Emergency Drills at School
          Smart Use of Technology
          Closures for Inclement Weather
          72 hour emergency supply lists and ideas
 Resource links:

Click on any of the icons below to access the resource.


 Earthquake resource video links


What to do during an Earthquake FINAL (Animated, primary level)

Science of earthquakes and what to do (Disaster Dodger’s Video – grade 3ish)


Earthquake Safety with Anna Wainscott: 3rd Grade Video Project on Earthquake Safety. Reviews Drop, Cover and Hold, enjoyable for late primary and early intermediate levels


When the earth shakes (FEMA video – short, animated – intermediate level)

What is an Earthquake? Facts & Information | Mocomi Kids (kid’s science – ( Primary, early intermediate - talks about plate tectonics and seismography – animated)

What Is An Earthquake? | The Dr. Binocs Show | Educational Videos For Kids (kid’s science – ( Primary, early intermediate - talks about plate tectonics and seismography – animated)

How Earthquakes Work (upper elementary – earthquake science)

World of Discovery - Earthquakes: The Terrifying Truth (45 minute documentary – grade 7 - adult – some doom and gloom but talks about the science of building safety design )

Ring of Fire Full Documentary (45 minute documentary – grade 6/7 level – talks about the geological science behind the ring of fire – discussed science regarding earthquakes and volcanoes)​

PreparedBC Learning Resources for Grade 6 Students

If you want to become a "Master of Disaster", you've come to the right place!

Here, teachers and parents can access learning resources, supporting documents and a multimedia library to help children and students learn about hazards in British Columbia and what it means to get - and be - prepared.

These resources were developed in consultation with a working group made up of public, independent and First Nation school teachers from across the province, emergency program coordinators, parent advisory council members, school administrators, librarians, academic researchers and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

For more information about this program and to access the on-line resources click HERE.

Preparedness Now BC Video Documentary
Preparedness Now BC Video Documentary

This video link is a 25 minute educational documentary from ShakeOut BC about the implications of a significant earthquake event in BC. The video simulates a hypothetical, but realistic disaster scenario and looks at what damage can be expected in the event of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurring off the BC coast and what people can do to prepare themselves.


Drop, Cover and Hold on! Click HERE for some great advice about the importance of the drop, cover and hold method for personal safety in the event of an earthquake.

Visit the following links from Shakeout BC for great advice about earthquake safety:

Earthquake Actions for Driving 
Earthquake Actions for Outdoor Spaces
Earthquake Actions for Infants and Young Children
Earthquake Actions for K-12 Schools
Earthquake Actions for Animal Safety
Earthquake Actions for Natural Gas Safety
Earthquake Actions for People With Disabilities

Be Prepared - 72 Hour Survival Supplies

If an emergency happens in our community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

Basic items you will need to survive for 72 hours:

· Water - at least two litres of water per person per day (including small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)

· Food - that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods

· Manual can opener, Flashlight and batteries

· First Aid Kit, Extra keys for your car and house

· Candles and matches or lighter

· Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities

· Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for pay phones

· Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)

· A copy of your emergency plan including contact information


Recommended additional kit supplies:

· A change of clothing and footwear for each household member

· Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member

· Garbage bags for personal sanitation

· Toilet paper and other personal care supplies

· Safety gloves, Basic tools, a whistle

· Small fuel-driven stove and fuel

· Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

For more information visit


For more information about the

Safety and emergency planning visit the City of Nanaimo website


CBC Vancouver Launches First Original Podcast, Fault Lines

Are we ready for “The Big One”? Available now, CBC Vancouver’s new podcast series Fault Lines explores the potentially devastating effects of a massive magnitude earthquake predicted to hit the West Coast of North America.


Hosted by CBC senior meteorologist and seismology expert Johanna WagstaffeFault Lines is available now for download at, on the CBC Radio app (Android and iOS) and the podcast app of your choice.

Episode 1: Ripples in a pond  What does a 9.1 megathrust earthquake look like? 
Episode 2: The first 24 hours How do survivors across B.C. gather and communicate with the rest of the country? 
Episode 3: 72 Hours - When supplies run out  Most survivalists recommend stocking 72 hour emergency kits… what happens when food and supplies begin running out?
Episode 4: One week - A new normal What happens to the thousands who have been rendered homeless?

Episode 5: A month, a year and beyond - Lessons from Christchurch Beyond the physical aftermath, what are the lingering long-term political, economic and societal impacts? Learn important information on the plan every British Columbian needs to prepare for The Big One… because we know it’s coming.