The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, an annual earthquake preparedness drill, takes place Thursday, October 19th, 2023 at 10:19 am. At this time, people across the province will ‘drop, cover and hold on’ for two minutes; the time it takes for the shaking to stop during an earthquake.
Located in an earthquake-prone region, B.C. experiences over one thousand minor earthquakes each year. As health care professionals, we need to be aware of the impact a major earthquake could have on the people we serve and the demand for health services. Preparing today can help with faster recovery and limit the devastating effects of major seismic activity.
If you are not engaged in a critical function involving direct patient care, at 10:20 a.m. drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk and hold on as if a real earthquake was occurring.
While taking cover, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall? What would be damaged? What steps can be taken to make your environment safer? Consider what to do after the shaking stops.
Visit www.GetPrepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.