January 17, 2011: Capilano University joins ShakeOut BC earthquake exercise

      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26, Capilano University will be participating in a province-wide earthquake drill called ShakeOut BC.

      At that time all students, employees and visitors should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if a major earthquake was occurring. Stay in this position for at least 60 seconds. There will not be any campus closures, road closures, class cancellations, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake.

      Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:

      · DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
      · Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
      · HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

      Facilities at all three of the university’s campuses will also practice an emergency evacuation. This exercise will provide an important opportunity for members of Cap’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to practice essential skills to prepare for a real emergency. EOC team members are trained in emergency management and follow the Incident Command System.

      The main goal of ShakeOutBC is to get British Columbians prepared for major earthquakes. Visit http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/Directory_Earthquakes.pdf for tips on what to do.

      It is expected that more than 200,000 individuals and organizations province-wide will be taking part in this important drill. Anyone can register to participate by visiting http://www.shakeoutbc.ca/register