In the wake of major disasters in Chile, New Zealand, and Japan in recent months, Vancouver City Council and the Parks Board have passed motions to review emergency preparedness in Vancouver. Staff reports are due back to them. Meanwhile, citizens should note that May 1 to 7 is Emergency Preparedness week nationwide. Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program usually plans something (www.vancouver.ca/nepp) and offers free workshops, and the national site is very useful at www.GetPrepared.ca. The Condominium Home Owners Association of BC (www.choa.bc.ca) March magazine (members only) carries excellent information for condo and apartment owners.