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Join the City in a province-wide drill to promote earthquake preparedness

October 16 2013

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

Join City of Vancouver staff, Council, and millions of people worldwide as we drop, cover, and hold on during the Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 am. 

Why participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut

The biggest of its kind in Canada, this annual drill raises public awareness of the earthquake hazard and encourages personal preparedness. Preparing for an earthquake reduces injuries and deaths during an actual earthquake and allows first responders to focus on those requiring immediate assistance.

About the drill

During the drill, follow the internationally recognized "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" protocol, which requires that you drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on for up to 60 seconds in response to a simulated earthquake event. Drills can be held at any time within two weeks of October 17.

The earthquake drill is led by the BC Earthquake Alliance Society and the ShakeOut BC Organizing Committee, a coalition of local, provincial, federal and non-governmental organizations working together to promote earthquake preparedness for British Columbians.

How to prepare for an earthquake

Vancouver is a high-risk earthquake region and the City continues to develop earthquake plans and strategies. We encourage you to do all you can to make sure you are prepared for an earthquake. The City hosts free workshops to help you create a family emergency plan and assemble a disaster preparedness kit.

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