Transit drivers, RDN staff ready to shake out

Drivers with the Nanaimo Regional Transit System and staff at Regional District of Nanaimo facilities are set to participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut Drill at 10:20 am on Oct. 20.

  • Oct. 11, 2011 5:00 a.m.

NANAIMO — Drivers with the Nanaimo Regional Transit System and staff at Regional District of Nanaimo facilities are set to participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut Drill at 10:20 am on Oct. 20.

Bus drivers on Regional Transit routes will pull over to the side of the road for the duration of the earthquake drill, while staff at RDN facilities throughout the Region will practice the recommended safety technique of Drop, Cover and Hold On. Staff will also participate in building evacuation drills.

Over 110,000 British Columbians have signed up to participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut Drill, which is part of an international earthquake drill including participants from across Canada, the United States, Guam and New Zealand. Interest in the ShakeOut Drill heightened in B.C. after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake with a series of aftershocks occurred on Sept. 9 off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

For more information about earthquake preparedness and to register for the drill, visit www.shakeoutbc.ca or email info@shakeoutbc.ca.

For more information about emergency preparedness within the RDN, visit the Emergency Planning page at www.rdn.bc.ca or call 250 390 6510.

— Submitted by the Regional District of Nanaimo

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