ShakeOut BC 2011 Earthquake Preparedness Event
Critteraid and CDART volunteers are participating in the Great British Columbia SHAKEOUT on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Our volunteers, wherever they are, are asked to participate by doing the following:
COVER & HOLD:
Wherever they may be, we want our volunteers to DROP to the ground, take COVER under a table or desk, and HOLD ON to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for 60 seconds minimum). By practicing now, our volunteers will immediately protect themselves during a real earthquake! We have attached a poster that you can use as a handout to explain to people what you are doing, if you like.
(Download it here: Critteraid-BC-Shakeout.jpg)
- While under the table, or wherever they are,
should look around and imagine what would happen in a
major earthquake. What would fall on you or others?
What would be damaged? What would life be like after?
- Practice what you will do after the shaking stops.
From www.shakeoutbc.ca web site:
"At 10:00 a.m. on
January 26, 2011, thousands of British Columbians will "Drop, Cover, and Hold
On" in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in
Canadian history! "
"We all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both."
"While the potential earthquake hazards you will experience depend upon your location, everywhere in British Columbia is considered at high risk in relation to the rest of the country."
CDART has registered to participate in this event, as we are a preparedness organization as well as an emergency response organization.
Find more information about the event on their web site: http://www.shakeoutbc.ca
We encourage every organization or member of the public to register for this event!