October 11, 2011: Capilano University joins ShakeOut BC earthquake exercise

      Tuesday, October 11, 2010
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596
      Day of the event contact: David DeMuynck at 604.984.1794

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—At 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, Capilano University will be participating in a province-wide earthquake drill called ShakeOutBC.

      At that time all students, employees and visitors will Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if a major earthquake was occurring and hold 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.

      Can it happen here? On August 22, 1949, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit off the coat of Haida Gwaii. This was Canada's largest and one of the world's greatest earthquakes and was widely felt over a large area of western North America. There was some damage on Haida Gwaii and chandeliers in Jasper, Alberta, were observed to sway.

      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 400,000 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