On October 19, 2017 at 10:19 am, thousands of British Columbians will "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in BC history. BC hospitals and health care facilities are all encouraged to participate in the drill.
British Columbia is located in a seismically active region where a few thousand earthquakes occur each year in and adjacent to the province. The threat of a major earthquake in the province is real and all British Columbians must know how to be prepared.
The ShakeOut drill is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
Here is how you can participate in a few simple steps:
Get Ready. In a major earthquake, you may be on your own for three days or more without outside resources, electricity or the use of other utilities.
Join the Drill
At 10:20 am all you have to do is respond as you would during an actual earthquake. Simply "Drop, Cover and Hold On" to protect yourself from earthquake-related injuries.
DROP to the floor,
take COVER under a desk or sturdy piece of furniture and protect your head,
and HOLD ON to the piece of furniture until the shaking has stopped.
Wait for two (2) minutes, then stand up and look around as you would after a real earthquake. The drill ends there.
Respond. Once the shaking has stopped, come out from under your desk and take a deep breath. Organize as a team to assess the impact - check on your co-workers and survey your floor and building for damage as in a real earthquake.
In a significant earthquake, the shaking can be so strong that running will be very difficult and can result in injury. It is important to know the criteria to consider before deciding whether sheltering in place or evacuating is the safest option. Review the Should I Stay or Go Guide to aide in decision-making.