IBC calls for more Great BC ShakeOut Participants

Published: October 17, 2018



British Columbia is running its 2018 Great BC ShakeOut tomorrow, the province’s biggest ever earthquake. Ahead of the event, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has sent out a final call for British Columbians to register to participate in the ShakeOut.

The Great BC ShakeOut is an event presented by the BC Earthquake Alliance and the IBC. 2018’s drill will take place on October 18, at 10:18 a.m. IBC wants as many of people as possible to take part in the event:

“Don’t be left out of this year’s Great BC ShakeOut on October 18,” BC Earthquake Alliance president Dave Cockle said in a statement. The ShakeOut is already proving a success with over 800,000 BC residents already registered.

Still, IBC wants more people to join before tomorrow:

“But we have a long way to go before everyone in the province knows what to do in the event of an earthquake,” Cockle said.

It is a sentiment echoed by the BC government, who also emphasize the need for the drill.

“It’s not enough to know what to do in an earthquake. You have to practice what you know so you’re ready to take immediate action once the shaking starts,” commented Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness in British Columbia Jennifer Rice.

“Practicing an emergency drill like ShakeOut, along with having an emergency kit and plan, is the key to better preparing ourselves and our families for earthquakes.”

The Big One

To highlight why the Great BC ShakeOut is so important, IBC vice-president of Pacific Aaron Sutherland said the province is a ticking time bomb. He says a “significant earthquake” will hit in the next 50 years.

“Governments, businesses and all British Columbians have a role to play in creating a true culture of earthquake preparedness across this province. By working together, we can make British Columbia safer and better prepared to cope when disaster strikes,” Sutherland said.