VICTORIA — On Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m., millions of people worldwide take part in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills and practice how to “drop, cover and hold on.”
The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, organized by the British Columbia Earthquake Alliance, is an annual opportunity for individuals, communities, schools and organizations to practice essential earthquake safety measures.
Beyond the drill, participants are encouraged to critically review and update their emergency preparedness plans and supplies, while also taking proactive measures to secure their spaces and prevent potential damage and injuries, indicates the event website.
While potential earthquake hazards depend on your location, everywhere in British Columbia is considered at high risk in relation to the rest of Canada. For example, on Jan. 26, 1700, a magnitude nine earthquake (similar to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake off the coast of Japan) shook the entire province as well as Washington, Oregon and California and generated a massive tsunami, the website adds.
By registering for ShakeOut, your organization will be counted in the largest-ever earthquake drill in British Columbia; be listed with other participants in your area; be an example that motivates others to participate and prepare; be updated with ShakeOut news and preparedness tips; and have peace of mind that you will be better prepared for our next big earthquake.
For more information visit Earthquake Preparedness BC | The Great British Columbia ShakeOut (shakeoutbc.ca).