The RCMP provide policing for the entire campus community, including the UNA and the University Endowment Lands (UEL). Find out more about safety tips for residents.
The UNA neighbourhoods are safe neighbourhoods with a generally lower crime rate than most parts of the Lower Mainland. The RCMP provide policing for the entire campus community, including the UNA and the University Endowment Lands (UEL). Even though the UNA is a safe community, there are still things everyone should be aware of.
Safety Tips for Families:
Safety for Adults
Although the UNA Community is a safe community, it is still important to be aware of potentially dangerous situations.
Safety When Walking or Jogging
When jogging or walking it is better to remain in areas of high visibility and travel with a friend. If this is not possible, or you simply enjoy running in the woods or other quiet spaces, it is important to carry a safety whistle and/or a cell phone, and to remain alert to any signs of danger.
If you must return to your home or vehicle after dark, remain in well-lighted areas and be alert for potential dangers. Dangers may not always be human. Don’t forget that our community is home to skunks, raccoons, and coyotes all of which can be dangerous if they are surprised or approached too closely. Tips for coexisting with coyotes.
One of the best ways of all to be safe is to know both your neighbourhood and your neighbours. The more places that you are familiar with and the more people you know in your neighbourhood, the more likely you will feel safe.
What is an Emergency? What is a Disaster?
An emergency is a present or imminent event that:
A disaster is a calamity that:
Is caused by accident, fire, explosion or technical failure, or by the forces of nature, and has resulted in serious harm to the health, safety, or welfare of people, or in widespread damage to property.
What is the UNA doing to help residents prepare?
The UNA is committed to keeping its residents safe. An important part of doing so is ensuring that residents are prepared for an emergency or disaster: the best protection is knowing what to do.
The UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the edge of the Point Grey peninsula. As a result, UBC is geographically isolated and inherently poses a unique challenge in terms of executing emergency response following a large-scale emergency or disaster. UBC recognizes the possibility where the University may be temporarily disconnected from external response agencies and humanitarian assistance.
Metro Vancouver has delegated the responsibility to UBC in leading the development of an over-arching Emergency Management Plan for the campus, that is integrated into Metro Vancouver’s Emergency Management Plan. UBC has identified the UNA neighbourhoods as part of the University’s area of responsibility during any event where an emergency response is required. To that end, UBC has incorporated the UNA neighbourhoods as part of UBC’s Emergency Management Plan (UBC EMP), and is working closely with the UNA on emergency planning.
As part of UBC’s commitment to integrate the UNA within their Emergency Management Plan, emergency notifications for UNA residents have been incorporated into UBC Alert.
Emergency notifications from UBC Alert, an emergency notification system, will be sent to UNA residents who are UNA Members, or who have a UNA Access Card. The text message will provide immediate information on how to respond and/or where to obtain additional information.
What is UBC Alert?
UBC Alert is emergency mass notification system that has the capability to disseminate information out to residents, faculty, staff and students during an emergency or disaster through various communication methods (e.g. text message to cell, text-to-voice, email).
UBC Alert will send UNA residents emergency notifications via text message on cell phones. The UNA encourages residents to notify the UNA office of any updates or changes to their emergency contact information.
By signing up for the UNA Access Card and/or UNA Membership, you will be automatically enrolled to receive emergency notification messages via the UBC Alert system during emergencies that affect or may affect the UBC Vancouver Campus. Primary notification will be through text messages on cellular phones. Depending on the contact information provided to the UNA, a text-to-voice message or an email notification may also be utilized if future system functionality expands.
Please note that enrollment in the system does not guarantee that notifications will be received during an emergency. Depending on the scale and impact of the emergency, residents should expect that notifications can be delayed or may not arrive. If available, the UNA and UBC will post emergency notifications on their main websites and other social media.
Personal contact information collected is used solely for UNA business purposes, including emergency notification. The UNA does not distribute resident contact information for any commercial purposes. The collected information is stored and protected in accordance with UNA and UBC legal requirements and privacy standards.
Earthquake Quick Facts
The earth’s crust is separated into massive pieces called tectonic plates. Consider this as being one gigantic puzzle that is placed in a globe formation with some pieces being interlocked and some that are not.
When the interlocking sections of the plates slip past or slide under one another, a large amount of energy is released, causing the ground to move and shake (aka an Earthquake)
How Does This Affect UNA Residents?
Vancouver is situated on the boundary of the North American Plate and the Juan de Fuca plate. Currently, the Juan de Fuca plate is moving towards the North America plate at a rate of 2-5 cm/year and is subducting beneath the continent in a region called the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Studies indicate the Juan de Fuca Plate and the North American plate are currently locked together, causing an enormous amount of strain being built up in the earth’s crust. At the moment when these plates snap loose, a large amount of energy will be released and can produce a very large “Megathrust earthquake” (“The Big One”), similar to the 1964 magnitude 9.4 Alaska earthquake or the 1960 magnitude 9.5 Chile earthquake.
However, Vancouver is also at risk of experiencing a lower magnitude but the more damaging earthquakes that can happen in the Strait of Georgia or under the Coast Mountains. Historical data confirms that British Columbia has been struck by some of the world’s largest earthquakes, and recent studies show that there is a 25 percent chance that we will experience another major earthquake within the next 50 years.
Although it is impossible to predict with certainty when the next earthquake will occur, it is important for UNA residents to know what they can do to be prepared.
If you are indoors:
During the shaking
After the shaking stops
If there is no immediate threat to life and limited damage, such as: Broken glass, non-structural debris, and some utility outages.
During the shaking
After the shaking stops
If you use a wheelchair
*NOTE: Progress is currently being made by the University and the UNA to address the area of Emergency Social Services (ESS) for the campus community. While the University and the UNA are taking additional measures to help prepare the campus for disasters such as earthquakes, we also strongly encourage staff, faculty, residents and students to be personally prepared (e.g. having 72 hours emergency preparedness kits). Additional ESS related information will be provided once available.*
Visitors to Metro Vancouver Parks, including Pacific Spirit Park are asked to obey posted signs and fire danger guidelines:
Visitors to UNA park spaces have the following fire-related restrictions:
In hot and dry summer months, forest fires are of a serious concern. Grass and other open fires can get out of control quickly and cause wildfires. During warmer weather, the number of visitors to regional parks increases, resulting in increased risk of accidental wildfires. If you discover a wildfire, contact the fire department immediately and wait for further instructions regarding evacuation and the protection of you and your home.
Household fires can spread very quickly and pose a large threat to all building occupants and adjacent buildings.
If you (or another building occupant) discover a fire in your home or somewhere else in the building, follow these steps:
*Please ensure if outdoor cooking/barbecues are permitted by your strata/building manager (Local strata bylaws and building policies will be applied in private property)*
Use the following tips to safely cook outdoors: