The ShakeOutBC Earthquake Drill is coming up on Thursday, October 17th at 10:17am. Drop, Cover and Hold On! Practice how to prepare yourself during an earthquake and enhance your awareness of earthquake hazards at home, work, or school.
The province-wide drill, that will also take place around the globe in New Zealand, the United States, and Italy, follows the internationally-recognized “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protocol for up to 60 seconds during this simulated earthquake event.
So far over 600,000 participants have signed up online and the City of Vancouver wants to make sure you participate as well.
British Columbia is overdue for a mega earthquake, but a new survey shows while British Columbians are somewhat aware that the big one is coming, they are not very knowledgeable when it comes to basic preparedness. Fifty-eight per cent are aware of a one-in-three chance of a significant earthquake striking in the next 50 years, and 75 per cent expect their home could be damaged by an earthquake. [GlobalBC]
For tips on emergency preparedness, check out the Red Cross Canada App and find resources on the ShakeOutBC Earthquake Drill website.
Tune into local radio stations, TV stations, or check out ShakeOutBC on Twitter and Facebook for direction for the drill on Thursday.