IBC: Great ShakeOut BC 2018 was largest since ever

Published: October 22, 2018

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Last week, we discussed the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) call for more people to participate in Great ShakeOut 2018. The earthquake preparedness and awareness event was held in British Columbia over the weekend and the IBC says it was an enormous success.

Indeed, the insurance industry representative says the Great ShakeOut 2018 was a record-breaking event. It became the largest earthquake preparedness campaign in the history of British Columbia with an all-time high 913,000 people participating. It seems the IBC’s last-minute push worked as nearly 100,000 more people registered for the event in the last few days.

“IBC is proud to once again take part in this year’s Great British Columbia ShakeOut,” said IBC vice-president for Pacific Aaron Sutherland. “Government, businesses, and all British Columbians have a role to play in creating a culture of earthquake preparedness across this province. By working together, we can make British Columbia a safer, better prepared province for when disaster strikes.”

Awareness

2018’s ShakeOut was once again hosted by the IBC and BC Earthquake Alliance alongside Emergency Management BC, and Ocean Networks Canada. Each year, the event showcases safety precautions people can take when an earthquake occurs, such as the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” practice.

“On behalf of the British Columbia Earthquake Alliance, we would like to thank all British Columbians for participating in the drop, cover and hold on drill and taking the first steps to becoming prepared for an earthquake,” said BC Earthquake Alliance president Dave Cockle.

“More British Columbians participated in the ShakeOut drill than ever before, and that’s great news for safety. Earthquakes are one of the critical hazards we face in BC, and practicing how to drop, cover and hold on in an earthquake could save lives,” remarked Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness in BC Jennifer Rice.

Last week, to highlight the importance of the Great ShakeOut, 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.