Drop, Cover and Hold for Great BC Shakeout – Oct 19


Tara Stroup Greg Kanya Jason Harper
Emergency Program Officer Emergency Program Manager Deputy Fire Chief
City of Port Coquitlam City of Coquitlam City of Port Moody
T: 604.927.5460 T: 604.927.6438 T:  604.469.4601
E: stroupt@portcoquitlam.ca E: gkanya@coquitlam.ca E: jharper@portmoody.ca

Residents across the Tri-Cities are urged to join in the largest earthquake drill in BC on October 19 at 10:19 a.m. – the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

Organized by the BC Earthquake Alliance Society, ShakeOut BC provides residents with an opportunity to practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” earthquake protocol and also make sure they are prepared for an earthquake at home, school, office and on-the-road.

Each year, about 4,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada – many of these in the seismically active region around BC. Most are small, but at least nine earthquakes in or near Canada have registered a magnitude of seven or more in the past century.

A magnitude six earthquake could do extensive damage to the Tri-Cities. Individuals who are prepared for a major disaster will suffer fewer injuries and less property damage, and be better equipped to care for themselves afterwards as authorities work to restore services.

The cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are urging all Tri-City residents to hold drills in their homes, schools or workplaces on October 19 at 10:19 a.m. The three cities collaborate on emergency preparedness planning to ensure a coordinated response if a disaster occurs.

How to participate:

How to get prepared for an earthquake:

Emergency preparedness tips and information can be found at the following City websites: www.portcoquitlam.ca/ep, www.coquitlam.ca/preparedness, www.portmoody.ca/emergency.