Are you prepared for a big earthquake?


Earthquakes happen in British Columbia every day

In the past year, over 1900 earthquakes have occurred in British Columbia. Doing the math, that's more than five each day. While most of the seismic activity is too minimal, or too far off the coast to have any significant impact, 47 of those earthquakes were actually felt. If an earthquake were to happen right this second, how would you react? Are you prepared?

On October 17 at 10:17 am, BC Hydro employees will join organizations across B.C. in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut. The annual earthquake drill helps prepare employees for the steps they need to take to prepare for and respond to an earthquake, in diverse working environments from our generating stations to corporate offices. BC Hydro is committed to enhancing its earthquake preparedness and response and we encourage our customers all British Columbians to do the same.


Drop, cover, and hold on

The best way to protect yourself in an earthquake is to use the 'drop, cover, and hold on' method:

  • At the first warning of an earthquake, drop quickly to the ground and take cover beneath a substantial table or desk.
  • Tuck your head to your knees and keep your head covered. Hold on to the desk or table until the shaking stops, but anticipate and plan for aftershocks.

An earthquake could lead to a loss of the services that we depend on, including electricity. Take the time now to prepare your home, vehicle or workplace emergency kit, in the event that prolonged power outages do occur. A standard emergency kit should provide your family with enough supplies to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours.

Check out these tips for creating your emergency kit.

Take part and register in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is a chance to practice how to stay safe during an earthquake. In 2012, 590,000 B.C. residents participated. The drill provides businesses, schools, and residents the opportunity to prepare for an earthquake by allowing them to practice what to do before, during, and immediately after the event.

Register for the 2013 Great British Columbia ShakeOut, plan your drill, and on October 17, practice the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake: drop, cover and hold on.

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