Drop, cover, hold on! Today at 10:00am the province of BC will participate in The Great Shake Out earthquake drill. You can tune into local radio stations, TV station, or check the Twitter airwaves for the signal @ShakeOutBC.
According to the Shake Out website, “January 26th is the anniversary of the last magnitude 9 earthquake in British Columbia, in 1700, which shook the entire province as well as Washington, Oregon, and California.” Ever since the Bay area earthquake in 1989, I remember ducking under desks at school for 60-second drills. With BC still waiting for “the big one”, it’s important to keep up with our preparedness as you never know when a natural disaster may strike.
For information on what to do, and what not to do, Shake Out has provided this PDF about how you should drop, cover, and hold on.
For additional tips on how to prepare and get together your own emergency plan, you can attend a series of public workshops hosted by the City of Vancouver.
Date: Wednesday January 26, 2011 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Coal Harbour Community Centre (480 Broughton)
Location: Sunset Community Centre (404 East 51st Avenue)
Location: Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
Location: Renfrew Park Community Centre (2929 East 22nd Avenue) in Cantonese.
At these workshops you can learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a home hazard hunt and how to prepare for your pets. Register for free online for a session today or future workshops February 2nd, 10th, 23rd, 26th, March 7th or 22nd.
If you are on Vancouver Island, you can find more information on Keira’s post.
Update The next BC Shakeout is October 20, 2011. You can register your school, group, or office for the drill that will ask you to Drop, Cover, Hold at 10:20am. Local radio stations and media will also have something up at this time to announce the drill.