Organize your Shakeout on Thursday

Residents and businesses are encouraged to register at shakeoutbc.ca

The annual Great B.C. ShakeOut drill will be conducted on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m. and the City of Parksville is encouraging residents to participate.

In 2015, millions of people worldwide, including more than 770,000 in B.C. registered.

It’s an opportunity to practice how to be safe during earthquakes and residents and businesses are encouraged to register at http://shakeoutbc.ca to be counted in the drill and to obtain resources and information.

Intended to create public awareness of earth quake hazards and encourage personal preparedness, participants are asked to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for two minutes in response to a simulated earthquake event.

B.C. is located in a seismically active region where a few thousand earthquakes occur each year in and adjacent to the province.

While potential earthquake hazards depend on location, everywhere in British Columbia is considered at high risk in relation to the rest of Canada.

The B.C. Shakeout website has a wealth of information about how to participate and most importantly, how to perform the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” action designed to protect people from objects that can become projectiles during ground shaking.

1. Drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold onto it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practise now so that you will immediately protect yourself during an earthquake.

2. While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or on others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after?

3. Finally, you can practise what you will do after the shaking stops.

Also provided on the website is a life-safety drill designed to engage people to think through their own emergency response actions during the drill, then afterwards to review and discuss what worked or what did not, in order to make improvements for the next drill or an actual earthquake.

The website also provides information on participating in the exercise at your workplace.

— NEWS Staff/City of Parksville