City of Pitt Meadows wants citizens to 'Shake it Out'
The City of Pitt Meadows is encouraging residents to “Shake it Out.”
People across B.C. will dive under desks and tables during an earthquake drill Oct. 18.
The annual ShakeOutBC aims to get British Columbians prepared for major earthquakes.
Wherever you are at 10:18 a.m. “drop, cover and hold on” while pretending you are in the midst of a major earthquake.
Stay in position for at least 60 seconds
“We are encouraging everyone in Pitt Meadows to participate in the drill and register on the ShakeOutBC website,” said assistant fire chief Brad Perrie.
“For the third year, city staff have participated in the drill and each year we get a little better prepared. We know when a major earthquake hits our first responders and resources will be stretched. The more people know what to do on their own, the better off we will all be.”
The District of Maple Ridge is also participating in the exercise.
Last year, more than 12.5 million people were registered to participate in ShakeOut drills worldwide. Western Canada is the most seismically active region in Canada with more than 100 earthquakes with a magnitude of five or greater having occurred off the west coast of Vancouver Island in the past 70 years.
It is not a question of if a major earthquake will hit, but rather what we will do when it does occur.
• Watch a video of assistant fire chief Brad Perrie showing what to do during an earthquake at mapleridgenews.com. For more information, visit www.shakeoutbc.ca.