Written by Melissa Mueller, Corporate Communications, Provincial Health Services Authority

The Great BC ShakeOut earthquake drill is happening Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m. ‘Drop, cover and hold on’ for two minutes and practice what to do in the event of an earthquake.

As health care professionals, it’s important to be aware of the impact a major earthquake could have on the people we serve and the demand for health services. Preparing today can help with a faster recovery and limit the devastating effects of major seismic activity.

The Great BC ShakeOut, an annual earthquake preparedness drill, is happening Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m. At this time, if you are not engaged in direct patient care, we ask you to:

  • drop to the ground
  • take cover under a table or desk
  • hold on as if a real earthquake was occurring, for two minutes (the time it takes for the shaking to stop during an earthquake)

If you are not engaged in a critical function involving direct patient care, at 10:19 a.m., drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk and hold on as if a real earthquake was occurring.

While taking cover, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall? What would be damaged? What steps can be taken to make your environment safer? Consider what to do after the shaking stops.

Please also consider your home and family preparedness:

  • Develop a simple plan for you and your family and discuss it so they all know what to do if an earthquake happens.
  • Buy or put together supplies for an emergency kit with enough food, water and medication to last 72 hours (per person and pets). Here’s how to pull it together in 20 Weeks to Personal Preparedness.
  • Know your neighbourhood/city emergency plans; look at your municipality’s website for links about emergency service information.

Learn more about emergency preparedness at work and home by visiting fraserhealth.ca or PreparedBC.

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