Winners announced for 'Show Me ShakeOut' Poster and Video Contest

VANCOUVER, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - ShakeOutBC and the Insurance Bureau of Canada are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 'Show Me ShakeOut' contest. Students from across the province were invited to create posters and videos showing the importance of earthquake preparedness and how the simple steps of "Drop, Cover and Hold On" can save lives.

"Thanks to all the participants who did an amazing job of sharing the life-saving message of "Drop, Cover and Hold On," said Dave Cockle, president of the BC Earthquake Alliance. "Fostering an interest in earthquake risk and readiness early on is integral to building a culture of preparedness in British Columbia."

The poster contest was open to primary and intermediate school students (kindergarten to grade 7) and the video contest was open to high school students (grades 8 to 12). First place finishers in the poster category will receive iPads. The winner of the video competition will receive $1,000 provided by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. 

"IBC is proud to once again sponsor the 'Show Me ShakeOut' poster and video contest," said Bill Adams, IBC Vice-President, Western and Pacific. "We all have a role to play in creating a culture of preparedness in British Columbia and across the country, and this contest is a great way to get our youngest and brightest involved."

The contest winners are being announced during Emergency Preparedness Week, which encourages British Columbians to know the disaster risks for their region, create a family response plan and build an emergency kit with enough food, water and supplies to support a household for a minimum of three days.

"We believe that emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins in the homes of every British Columbian, and there is no better place to influence a family's preparedness plan than with youth who help champion the cause," said Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto. "The submissions by the students showed both a high degree of creativity and talent, as well as an understanding that emergency preparedness is a priority for the people of the province."

Video Winner

  • Helena Perez de Tagle, grade 9, Spectrum Community School, Saanich

Poster Winners
Grades K-3:

  • First Place: Athena Winters, grade 3, home school, Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District
  • Second Place: Mattias Stahuliak, grade 2, McGirr Elementary, Nanaimo
  • Third Place: Emilia Vozian, grade 3, Ecole Willows Elementary, Oak Bay

Grades 4-7:

  • First Place: Ava Tompkins, grade 7, Glanford Middle School, Saanich
  • Second Place: Brennan Heal, grade 6, Journey Middle School, Sooke
  • Third Place: Evan Carson, grade 7, Royal Oak Middle School, Saanich

The winning posters can be viewed at www.shakeoutbc.ca. The winning video is available on the ShakeOutBC YouTube channel.

About ShakeOutBC
This year's province-wide ShakeOutBC drill is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. Oct. 20. The annual drill aims to raise awareness about BC's earthquake risk and the importance of "Drop, Cover and Hold On." In 2015, more than 776,000 British Columbians participated in the drill, joining more than 40 million people worldwide. For more information about ShakeOutBC and how to register visit www.shakeoutbc.ca.

Why "Drop, Cover and Hold On"?
"Drop, Cover and Hold On" is internationally recognized as the best way to prevent injuries and save lives during an earthquake. Dropping to the ground prevents the earthquake from dropping you first. Taking cover and holding on helps protect you from flying objects and falling debris. Follow the link for short videos on proper form and more on why it works: http://ow.ly/T2y2x

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.  

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_West or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, ShakeOutBC and IBC spokespeople are available to discuss details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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