Have you registered for the 2013 Great British Columbia ShakeOut?
VANCOUVER, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - You are invited to join thousands of
British Columbians as they "drop, cover and hold on" for the 2013 Great
British Columbia ShakeOut. The BC Earthquake Alliance and Insurance
Bureau of Canada (IBC) are pleased to present Canada's largest
earthquake drill this year on Thursday, October 17, at 10:17 a.m.
The province of British Columbia has officially proclaimed October 17 ShakeOut BC Day. Participating in the Great BC ShakeOut and practising the life-saving
drill of "drop, cover and hold on" is an important step for you and
your family to help you respond more quickly and effectively when an
actual earthquake occurs. You can register for the BC ShakeOut at www.shakeoutbc.ca.
"Hundreds of thousands of people up and down North America's
earthquake-prone west coast have already registered to participate. The
ShakeOut drill is also a great time to review and update your emergency
plans and supplies, so you can further minimize damage and injuries
when an earthquake hits," says Teron Moore, Co-chair of the Great BC
ShakeOut Organizing Committee.
"Earthquakes can strike anywhere at any time. Although we cannot predict
when the next big one will hit, we can prepare," says Bill Adams, IBC
Vice-President, Western & Pacific. "You can practise protecting
yourself from an earthquake by annually participating in the BC
ShakeOut drill, having an emergency plan and kit at the ready to
protect your family for at least 72 hours."
IBC and the insurance industry are leaders in preparing Canada for an
earthquake. IBC's partnership with the Great BC ShakeOut is an
important step toward raising awareness about the importance of
earthquake preparedness. IBC has also commissioned research on how a
major earthquake would affect Canada's western and eastern seismic
zones. The study is expected to be released later this fall.
To find out why you should participate, check out this video:
To learn more about all the ways to participate in this year's ShakeOut
drill, go to:
You can also download the BC ShakeOut audio drill broadcast and play it
during your "drop, cover and hold on" drill on October 17 at 10:17 a.m.
Listening to the broadcast will make your drill more interesting and
informative. Click here to download the drill broadcast. If you are a TV or radio station that
has agreed to play the drill on the day of the Great BC ShakeOut, have
your name appear on our website by filling out this form.
For more information about IBC and the 2013 Great British Columbia
ShakeOut, visit ibc.ca.
Fortis BC and BCAA are also sponsors for this year's event. For a full list of sponsors
and organizers, click here.
Great ShakeOut earthquake drills help people in homes, schools, and
organizations practice how to be safe during big earthquakes, 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 14.6 million people that have been
registered to participate in ShakeOut drills in 2012, including over 10
million people, on October 18th.
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provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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If you require more information, BC Earthquake Alliance and IBC
spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media
SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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