Public education workshops, hosted by the City of Campbell River, were held December 11th and 15th 2014 at the Tidemark Theatre.

Presentations by BC Hydro and members of the community emergency preparedness team provided information on how to prepare for this risk.

See a video recording of this community presentation below.

See Shaw TV’s Talk About program on emergency preparedness in Campbell River at this link:

Frequently Asked Questions about Major Earthquake and Flood Risk in Campbell River and Region

FAQs - Earthquakes and Flood Risk

  • Are BC Hydro’s dams on the Campbell River system safe?

  • How effective is BC Hydro’s Dam Safety Program?

  • Why is BC Hydro sharing this seismic dam safety information for Campbell River?

  • What is considered to be a major earthquake? What kind of earthquake would put the Campbell River dams at risk?

  • What are the implications of this study for other non-Hydro infrastructure, such as bridges, highways, schools and hospitals?

  • How does this seismic study differ from previous work done by BC Hydro and upon which it based its seismic upgrade program?

  • What are the factors that could cause flooding related to the Campbell River dam system?

  • How much water is stored behind the dams? Would flooding happen quickly, like a wave, or would it build and subside slowly? How long would the flooding water flow?

  • What do we do in the event of an earthquake?

  • How will we know if we should leave the area? Will there be a formal notification to evacuate and where do we go?

  • What do we do AFTER an earthquake if we are in the identified flood/evacuation zone?

  • What can we do BEFORE to be better prepared for a major earthquake, and what do we take with us?

  • What if I have limited mobility, or have family members with limited mobility?

  • What do we do with pets?

  • How will tourists know what to do?

  • How would buildings, roads, bridges and infrastructure (water, sewer, power and gas lines) be affected in the flood-evacuation zone by a major earthquake?

  • How would flooding affect buildings, roads and bridges in the area identified in the CR Dam System Evacuation Area map?

  • Should we plan to drive or walk from the evacuation zone and which route should we take? Would there be any mud or debris in the water? Could we walk through it? Would we be able to use a boat?

  • Where should we gather?

  • What kind of emergency services could we expect in a major earthquake?

  • What would we have to do to clean up and recover from such a major earthquake or flood? How long would recovery take and where would help come from?

  • Will the recovery strategy be shared with residents and business owners?

  • Would disaster financial assistance (DFA) be available?

  • What else should I know about eligibility for funding under DFA?

  • Why has the City allowed development in this area?

  • Will this new information trigger changes to city planning or zoning, or to the building code or bylaws?

  • Will this new information make my insurance go up? Would insurance cover any damage from a major earthquake or flood?

  • Will this new information make my property value go down?

  • Would the City consider a plan to buy at-risk properties in the flood-evacuation zone?

  • What, if any, is the environmental impact of such a catastrophic event?

  • Where can I find more information?

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