Victoria, BC - Emergency program representatives from the Capital Regional District (CRD) and local municipalities will be working with the provincial government to coordinate the 2011 Great BC ShakeOut. The annual province-wide earthquake drill, which will occur on October 20 at 10:20 am, is being held by the BC Earthquake Alliance Society to enhance public awareness of the earthquake hazard in BC and encourage personal preparedness.
“Coastal areas of BC are at highest risk in the province for a damaging earthquake,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “Participating in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut event is an excellent way to raise awareness about earthquake safety and encourage CRD residents to prepare a proper emergency kit.”
The October 20 event is the second ShakeOut event of 2011, which will align BC with similar annual events being held in communities in the United States, New Zealand and Guam. At 10:20 am on October 20, 2011, participants will be asked to join other organizations around the province and North America to Drop to the floor, Take cover by getting under a study desk or table, and Hold on for up to two minutes in response to a simulated earthquake event. This series of actions is designed to protect people from falling furniture and flying objects in the event of an earthquake.
The CRD’s Local Government Emergency Program Advisory Committee (LG EPAC) has created a ShakeOut public service announcement that will be posted on www.prepareyourself.ca and other local emergency program websites, and has arranged for local radio promotion. To participate in the Great BC ShakeOut, visit www.shakeoutbc.ca where you can register, download posters, and learn more about emergency kits and personal preparedness in the region.
-30- For further information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager CRD Corporate Communications