UBC’s Mass Care exercise comes to life in a full set up


On June 28, 2023, UBC’s Safety & Risk Services’ Emergency Management team organized a Mass Care Open House to educate the community on what UBC does to prepare for major regional emergencies.

After several years of planning, the Emergency Management Team at UBC was able to see the plan come to life in a full set up. The team of UBC staff and volunteers set up registration, group lodging, and feeding services, including the set-up of 260 emergency cots, and invited the community to experience what supports evacuees could access during a disaster.

Simultaneously, community members received emergency preparedness information at the Preparedness Fair. Numerous on and off-campus partners, such as Campus Security, ShakeOut BC, Disaster Psychosocial Services, Total Prepare, and many others provided resources and expertise to interested visitors.

The UBC Mass Care Program is accessible to all UBC students, faculty and staff, and The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) constituents in the aftermath of an emergency and will support our community through the provision of potable water, food and shelter. UBC is working hard to ensure the resilience of our community and each of us have an important role to play.

Please take care to get informed about the risks and hazards, Make a Plan for emergencies and Build a Kit with the things you need to look after yourself and your loved ones. More information, visit the Emergency Preparedness, and Take Action web pages

For a recap of the Mass Care Open house event and Preparedness fair, check out the video below and visit our VPFO Flickr album.