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Preparing for an earthquake

  • Take part in the Grande Secousse, organized by the l'Association de la Sécurité civile du Québec (ASC), and practice the steps you'll need to follow in case of an earthquake: drop, cover and hold on for 60 seconds.

    To sign up for the Grande Secousse
  • Prepare your family emergency plan
    Emergency situations are unpredictable, and often happen when the family is dispersed. Having an emergency plan will save you time and reduce your stress in an emergency situation. Think of different scenarios (kids at school, family members far away, inaccessible neighbourhoods, telephone out of order, etc.).
  • Prepare your 72-hour kit
    In an emergency, you will need a few basic things. You may need to make do without electricity or running water. Be prepared to manage on your own for at least 72 hours. Your kit should be easy to carry (e.g. backpack, duffel bag or suitcase on wheels) and stored in a place that is easy to reach and known to everyone (e.g. entrance hall closet).
  • Identify the risks in your environment
    Scan your home, school or workplace for potential risks such as items that could fall down in an earthquake, and secure them. Figure out which furniture and items are likely to fall and cause injuries, and either remove or secure them.

About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 290,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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