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Get Ready to Shake Out!

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Join thousands of people across the province in the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.

On October 17 at 10:17 a.m., we encourage everyone to participate in the “Great British Columbia ShakeOut”, an earthquake safety practice session that will take up just two minutes of your time. Drop, cover and hold on – simple steps that you can practice to help protect yourself and your family in the event of a real earthquake.

What would you do if you knew an earthquake was going to rock the Island in three weeks’ time? While we may not have advance warning, we do know British Columbia is located in one of the most seismically active regions in North America. Experts advise that a significant earthquake could hit our province any time. Knowing this…

  • Create a simple family plan and discuss it so everyone in your family knows what to do when the earthquake happens?
  • Put together an emergency kit with enough food, water and medication to last 72 hours (per person and per pet)?
  • Find out what to do to protect yourself during and after an earthquake?
  • Do a walk-through of your home and workplace to identify and address any potential hazards?
  • Connect with a relative or friend outside the province and make sure that the rest of your family knows to contact this person in the event you are separated?
  • Make duplicates and safely store important paperwork like insurance policies, medical records, and a list of key possessions?

The Drop, Cover, Hold On drill is a simple two minute exercise designed to encourage people to be better prepared for earthquakes. Be a part of this public education event by registering at

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