The City of Vancouver says it’s finished installing signs at the Disaster Support Hubs located throughout the city. The yellow signs are meant to serve as a marker for the Hubs, which serve as safe meeting space after an earthquake.
Director of Emergency Management with the City, Daniel Stevens, says the “hubs” are locations where people can gather following an earthquake and to coordinate community response and support efforts.
“Primarily what they’re there for is to encourage the grassroots community response. So the locations are where you can meet with your family, and neighbours in the hours and days following a disaster such as an earthquake, and you can share information, share supplies and coorindate the effort at the grassroots level.”
The sites for the Disaster Hubs were chosen because they are near locations where people can gather safely outside if facilities are damaged, and where volunteers and staff will be trained to provide post-disaster support.
The hours and days after a disaster can be chaotic, and high-priority incidents will take precedence for emergency personnel. During that time, families, neighbours, and community organizations will need to self-organize and help each other, and the Hubs provide a place for that to happen.
The Disaster Support Hubs are part of the city’s 2015 Earthquake Preparedness Strategy.