October 12, 2012: Capilano University to participate in ShakeOut BC earthquake exercise

      Friday, October 12, 2012
      Contact: Shannon Colin at 604.984.1729

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—At 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, Capilano University will be participating in a province-wide earthquake drill called the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.
      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.

      The main goal of the ShakeOut 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