National Emergency Preparedness Week

Drop by Memorial Park on May 11, 2024 for a look at emergency planning in Dunbar

by Carol Volkart, DRA Newsletter Editor

Games for the kids, information for adults — and a peep inside that mysterious shipping container at Memorial Park West!

Head for the park behind the community centre on Saturday, May 11, 2024, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm for a look at how the Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP) group is getting us ready for major disasters.

Volunteers will open the shipping container, which usually sits unnoticed behind the tennis courts, to unpack all the items needed to create a central hub for dealing with emergencies — radios and other communications gear, lights, tables, chairs, tents, bollards, and notice boards.

Put all together, it’s a Disaster Support Hub, which will be at the heart of Dunbar’s organizing and communications efforts in case of a major emergency. Residents will be able to go there to seek and offer help, and trained volunteers will be there to communicate with other emergency services and the rest of the city.

The exercise is aimed at getting us all better acquainted with how this will work and how we can get involved. Drop by with friends, neighbours, and/or the family — and yes, there will be a radio game with prizes so kids can get involved too!

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.

Fall greetings from the Dunbar Community Centre

We hope you are all keeping safe and well.

We continue to take a gradual, thoughtful approach and thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate the changes required because of COVID. At present, masks are mandatory in public spaces, including the Dunbar Community Centre.

The Fall program guide is on our website.  Our Fall Community Centre hours of operation are:
Sept. 7-Dec. 23, 2021
Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sat: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sun: Closed
*closed Dec. 24-Jan. 3 (reopening Jan. 4, 2022)
Updated Fitness Centre hours will be out soon.

If you’ve got ideas on senior programs or how we can enhance the quality of senior recreational or social activities, please send them to us by email at

We look forward to seeing you!