The auditor general has weighed in, and, surprise, surprise, we are not ready for an earthquake.
On the one hand, I’m not entirely sure that the auditor general completely understands disaster planning, and she hasn’t read Kenneth Myers and so doesn’t know that it can be counter-productive to produce plans for every single possibility.
On the other hand, I’m definitely with Vaugh Palmer in that we definitely need more public education. We are seeing money diverted from disaster planning to other areas, regardless of a supposed five-fold increase in emergency budget. In the past five years, the professional association has been defunded, training is very limited in local municipalities, and even recruitment and “thank you” events for volunteers have almost disappeared. Emergency planning funds shouldn’t be used to pay for capital projects.
(And the province should have been prepared for an audit in this area, since they got a warning shot last year.)
(Stephen Hume agrees with me, although he doesn’t know the half of it. )