More than 3,000 earthquakes occur in British Columbia each year. Most are too small to be felt, but the risk of one big enough to cause significant damage is very real. Participating in ShakeOutBC is an effective way to better understand BC’s earthquake risk and how to prepare.
Use the manuals in the right-hand box to learn more about how you, your family, and your organization can take part. Find out who else is participating and issue a challenge!
Between now and October 19:
October 19, 10:19 a.m.:
What we do before an earthquake determines how quickly we’ll recover.
Have a plan: Draft a family emergency plan outlining how you’ll respond during an earthquake, especially if you’re separated. Make sure to consider pets and people who need extra help.
Build an emergency kit: Stock enough food, water and emergency supplies to sustain you for a minimum of three days. Longer is better.
Create grab-and-go bags: Earthquakes aren’t guaranteed to happen when you’re at home. Have emergency kits for your vehicle and workplace.
Seismically secure your home and workplace: Identify items that may topple in your home, workplace or school. Secure heavy furniture to wall studs.
Consider earthquake insurance: Contact your provider and find out what’s available or recommended.
If you’re a business or organization, develop, review and exercise your continuity plan. Here are a few helpful websites: