City Encourages Residents to Shake it Out

October 3, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2012
2012-13
For further information, contact Chief Brad Perrie
604-465-2416
bperrie@pittmeadows.bc.ca

CITY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO SHAKE IT OUT

PITT MEADOWS, BC - The ground is about to shake and the City of Pitt Meadows is encouraging individuals, schools, businesses and community groups to be ready. The annual ShakeOutBC event takes place on October 18 at 10:18am and aims to get British Columbians prepared for major earthquakes. The province-wide drill is an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

Wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in position for at least 60 seconds. There will not be any highway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake. The ShakeOut website at www.shakeoutbc.ca offers resources for people wanting to learn more about practicing their drill and preparing for earthquakes.

“We are encouraging everyone in Pitt Meadows to participate in the drill and register on the ShakeOutBC website,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brad Perrie.

“For the third year, City staff have participated in the drill and each year we get a little better prepared. We know when a major earthquake hits our first responders and resources will be stretched. The more people know what to do on their own, the better off we will all be.”

Individuals and groups can sign up for free at www.shakeoutbc.ca/register to be counted in the ShakeOutBC Drill.

Last year, more than 12.5 million people were registered to participate in ShakeOut drills worldwide. Western Canada is the most seismically active region in Canada with more than 100 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 or greater having occurred off the west coast of Vancouver Island in the past 70 years. It is not a question of if a major earthquake will hit, but rather what we will do when it does occur.

Visit the Emergency Management BC website for more information on emergency preparation at www.pep.bc.ca.