Have you registered for the 2014 Great British Columbia ShakeOut?
VANCOUVER, Oct. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Join more than 500,000 people across the province as they "drop, cover and hold on" in the 2014 Great British Columbia ShakeOut. BC Earthquake Alliance and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) are working together to present Canada's largest earthquake preparedness drill on Thursday, October 16, at 10:16 a.m.
"Participating in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut is an excellent way for your family or organization to prepare to survive and recover quickly from a big earthquake – wherever you live, work or travel," said Miranda Myles, Co-chair of the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.
"Preparing for an earthquake should begin long before the ground starts to shake," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. "To make sure you are prepared, participate in the BC ShakeOut drill each and every year, and have an emergency plan in place. Keep a survival kit to ensure that you and your family are protected for at least 72 hours."
Preparing Canada for an earthquake is one of IBC's top priorities. Last year, IBC commissioned a study – the first major research of its kind in 20 years – that revealed that Canada is unprepared for a major earthquake. IBC's strong partnership with Great BC ShakeOut is helping raise awareness about the importance of earthquake preparedness.
To learn more about the Great British Columbia ShakeOut and why you should participate, watch this short video:
To learn more about all the ways to participate in this year's ShakeOut drill, click here. Listen to the BC ShakeOut drill audio broadcast during the event to make it more informative. Click here to download the drill broadcast.
For more information about IBC and the 2014 Great British Columbia ShakeOut, visit ibc.ca.
Note to Editors:
If you work for a TV or radio station that will be airing the drill during the Great BC ShakeOut, celebrate your station's commitment to earthquake preparedness by listing its name on the BC ShakeOut website. Just fill out this form.
Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people at home, school and work practise how to be safe during a big earthquake, and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. By participating, you can have assurance that you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from the next big earthquake in your region. As of today, there are over 22.1 million people who have been registered to participate in ShakeOut drills in 2012, including over 17.3 million people, on October 16th.
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is pleased to celebrate 50 years as a valuable resource for insurance information. Since 1964, IBC has been working with governments across Canada to make our communities safer, championing issues that directly affect Canadians and the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the P&C insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes and levies to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $48 billion.
To view media releases and other information, visit the media section of IBC's website at ibc.ca. Follow IBC on our national Twitter account @InsuranceBureau , or on our western account @IBC_West or like us on Facebook.
If you require more information, IBC and Great British Columbia ShakeOut spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.
SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: Celyeste Power, Manager, Media Relations, Insurance Bureau of Canada, 416-362-2031 ext. 4312 (daytime), 647-384-9872 (after hours), [email protected]