You’re working at your desk when suddenly the room begins to sway or everything begins shaking. It’s an earthquake. What do you do?
On Oct. 20, in an effort to prepare for a potential earthquake, Douglas College students, employees and visitors, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut. The ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.
“Seismic experts tell us that we can expect a major destructive earthquake in B.C.,” says Nancy Constable, Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management. “We don’t know when it might hit. This drill is about practising how to protect ourselves when it does.”
When you are advised the drill is starting, carefully drop to the ground, take cover under a desk or table and hold on. If you are not near a desk or table, or are physically unable to drop, cover and hold on, cover your head and neck with your arms and crouch in a corner, away from any glass.
The drill will last around 90 seconds. You will be advised when it is over.