Written by Nicole Spence, Advisor, Lower Mainland, HEMBC

HEMBC thanks everyone for their participation in the Great BC ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history. Read on to learn more about additional earthquake preparedness resources.

Photo: Left to right: Tracy Kozij, RN, Amanda Rollins, RN, Jamie McDowell, patient care coordinator, Bruce Hartnett, patient services manager, and Emily Trew, RN, practicing how to drop, cover and hold on.

Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) thanks all Fraser Health employees for their enthusiastic participation in this year’s Great BC ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history. HEMBC is proud to be a lead sponsor of ShakeOutBC.

More than 93,000* health care employees around the province joined over 860,000 people across B.C. this morning in practicing the ‘drop, cover and hold on’ drill, which is the internationally recognized action for protecting people during an earthquake.

Knowing what to do before, during and after an earthquake can help save lives and limit the damage caused by it. HEMBC, a Provincial Health Services Authority program that provides emergency management leadership and support to B.C.’s health authorities, encourages all Fraser Health employees to learn about emergency preparedness at work and at home.

By planning in advance for personal and family safety, you can provide assistance and focus on the task at hand in the event of an emergency. Being properly prepared helps our community by ensuring that we continue to provide the best health care possible.

Mastering the drill is a great way to start earthquake preparedness. Now that you know the drill, here are a few steps to ramp up your personal preparedness:

  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Make an emergency plan
  • Secure your workplace and home 
  • Take the emergency preparedness course on Learning Hub

ShakeOutBC is done for 2017, but staying prepared requires effort year-round! Visit ShakeOutBC and PreparedBCfor more info on personal preparedness. 

On Twitter? Follow HEMBC @BCHealthEM for emergency preparedness tips and resources that you can share with your network. 

If  you have any questions about emergency preparedness at your workplace, get in touch with your site’s HEMBC coordinator or visit the FH Pulse Emergency Management page.

*Source: ShakeOutBC Participant List.

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