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Hike to High Ground 2022

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Tsunami Preparedness Week
April 10-16, 2022
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Tsunami Preparedness Week is an annual campaign that focuses on public education and raising awareness about BC's tsunami risk.

During the week, PreparedBC and the Alberni Valley Emergency Program will offer preparedness tips on social channels and provide coastal residents an opportunity to practice reaching their tsunami safe zone by participating in the Hike to High Ground event.

Hike to High Ground

Hike to High Ground is an event that provides residents with an opportunity to practice their evacuation route to a safe location. The best way to protect yourself from a tsunami is to move to high ground or inland, away from the water as soon as you hear official tsunami warnings or experience any natural tsunami warning signs.

Hike to High Ground offers a fun and interactive way for community members to prepare and practice their path to safety.

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This year, there are two ways to participate:

    1 - Join local community members for an in-person Hike to High Ground event on Tuesday, April 12 at 1 pm, starting in Spirit Square at the Harbour Quay

    2 - Participate in PreparedBC's Virtual High Ground Hike and selfie contest with other British Columbian's during the week of April 10-16.

Or, participate in both and increase your chances to win a prize! See below for more information.

Hike to High Ground and enter to Win Prizes!

Alberni Valley Hike to High Ground Event
Tuesday, April 12 at 1 pm

Start at: Harbour Quay / End at: Trinity Community Hall

Join community members at this in-person Hike to High Ground event and practice an evacuation route to safety. Beginning in Spirit Square at the Harbour Quay, participants will walk up Argyle Street, out of the tsunami inundation zone and finish at Trinity Community Hall, one of Port Alberni's designated reception centres.

Participants will receive tsunami preparedness tips & information, enjoy refreshments and snacks and have opportunity to look inside a fire truck! Enter your name in the draw for your chance to win a:

  • First aid kit
  • Power Bank
  • Headlamp
  • Backpack
  • Emergency Crank Radio

Virtual Hike to High Ground Event
April 10-16, 2022

Participant with other British Columbian's in PreparedBC's Virtual Hike to High Ground event. It's easy! Take a hike to a tsunami-safe location, snap a selfie and post it on Twitter or Facebook and your name will be entered in a draw to win awesome prizes!

How to enter the contest:

  1. Go to a tsunami-safe location (out of the inundation zone), either inland or on high ground.
  2. Take a selfie to prove you were there.
  3. Post your selfie to Twitter or Facebook and
    • Tag @PreparedBC
    • Use the hashtag #HighGroundSelfie22 and you'll be entered to win one of 47 prizes from PreparedBC in a province-wide draw.
    • Use the hashtag #AlberniValleyHGH to win additional prizes from the Alberni Valley Emergency Program.

When you tag @PreparedBC and use the hashtag #HighGroundSelfie22, you'll be entered to win:

  • 2 Preparedness kits for 4 people
  • 4 Preparedness kits for 2 people
  • 6 Grab-and-go starter bags
  • 5 Cell phone charging kits
  • 10 water-proof headlamp
  • 20 Phone banks

Add the hashtag #AlberniValleyHGH to your post, and you'll be entered to win additional prizes:

  • Hand-cranked radio & flashlight
  • A first aid kit
  • Power Bank

Please note: proof of residence will be required to claim these prizes

Watch this video to learn more about the Selfie Contest: YouTube video

For full contest rules, visit:

For more emergency preparedness tips, information and resources, visit: