DEEP’s Spring Activities

Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP) continues to work toward building a stronger and more resilient community in times of emergency and disaster. 

The group offers neighbourhoods assistance in emergency preparedness with our Map Your Neighbourhood Program (MYN) via Zoom. A group member will help a block volunteer organize the Zoom meeting by informing residents of the upcoming meeting with a postcard providing registration information. When the meeting date is set, the volunteer will be supported online by a member to go through and discuss a video presentation.

DEEP is also offering a presentation and a full set-up of DEEP’s Disaster Support Hub this spring.  Our presenters include Dr. Carlos Ventura, Professor and Director Earthquake Engineering Research at UBC; and VECTOR, a volunteer group of HAM operators who assist the City of Vancouver and VPD with communications during or after an emergency or disaster.

Scheduled for this spring were presentations by Dr. Ventura on March 28; a meeting on April 25 (to be confirmed); and on May 28 or 29 at 10 a.m., a full set-up of the Disaster Support HUB at DCC.

If you are interested in learning more about DEEP’s MYN program or participating in our training, please contact us at www dunbaremergency dot ca.

Online organizing experiment a success, says Dunbar Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness (DEEP) group

DEEP has quietly been continuing work towards building a stronger and more resilient community. In response to COVID restrictions, we decided to redesign our Map Your Neighbourhood (MYN) tool and make it easier to meet via Zoom to learn about the nine important steps to follow immediately after a disaster – starting with securing your home and then helping your neighbourhood.

The first online experiment was led by long-time volunteer leader Colin Gray, who ran two meetings to introduce his neighbours to the idea of forming an emergency support group. Their block ‘circle’ focused on neighbours whose houses back onto the lane, as many already meet doing daily tasks like parking, garbage and recycling.

Both meetings were facilitated by the short, connected videos that address the challenges a neighbourhood could face in any emergency, especially an earthquake. The award-winning video sequence was created by the Washington State Emergency Management and adopted by DEEP to foster neighbourhood support groups able to respond effectively to an emergency. As everyone knows, a major disaster will severely limit the ability of first responders to help citizens, as their immediate priority will be to protect schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure.

The initial MYN online trial attracted 15 households with 10 more joining later. DEEP coordinators set up the Zoom meeting and Colin served as DEEP contact for neighbours after the meeting. This first COVID-era emergency support group now has 25 households participating, with more than half the homes on the block signed up.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or starting a group on your block, please reach out – we are here to help get you started. Contact us at www.dunbaremergency.ca.