As healthcare professionals, we recognize the very real impact that an earthquake could have on the people we serve and the demand for our services; not to mention on each of us and our families.
PHC endorses the annual province-wide earthquake drill, The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, as part of our commitment to emergency preparedness and living our mission, vision and values.
On October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m., I encourage everyone at PHC to participate in an earthquake safety practice session that will literally only take two minutes of your time.
If you are not engaged in a critical function such as a task involving direct patient care, I hope you will join your colleagues and drop under a desk or table, take cover and hold on for two minutes; the time it takes for the shaking to stop during an earthquake.
Drop, cover and hold on – simple steps you can practice to help protect yourself, your family and your patients in the event of a real earthquake. It could save your life.
In direct patient care areas, it may not be feasible to perform the Drop, Cover and Hold On drill. Instead, use the two minutes at 10:18 a.m. to do a quick safety huddle.
For more information visit www.shakeoutbc.ca.