In the event of a massive earthquake or other big emergency the city of Vancouver is setting up Disaster Support Hubs around the city.
Director of Emergency Management Daniel Stevens says locations were chosen based on an ability to house emergency supplies and provide shelter space.
“25 locations that are community centres, Fraserview library, and Oppenheimer Park, which are there to provide places for the public to go following a disaster so they can help facilitate that grassroots effort. They can come and offer support. They can come and seek information and help each other out. Also locations where the government can coordinate its response.”
Stevens says staff at all 25 locations are now being trained to deal with a disaster response.
“We want to enable communities supporting each other and not get in the way of the great work and great initiatives that the pubic already has in place. Also the Disaster Support hubs are a place that the city will provide a response through setting up a reception center or group lodging.”
He says the locations could also be used for other purposes such as heat shelters.
Stevens says the locations will have provide a hub for disaster response and local volunteers.