At 10:00 on January 26, 2011, thousands of British Columbians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in the Great British Columbian ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in BC history!
Earthquakes usually occur when two of the earth's tectonic plates meet, after volcanic eruptions, or underground explosions. During them and afterward, the rock and ocean plates start moving and continue to move until get stuck again.
The Pacific plate has an intense tectonic activity along the west coast of North America, but many earthquakes occur also throughout most of eastern Canada. So, we all must get better prepared for major earthquakes, and also practice how to protect ourselves when they happen. The purpose of the ShakeOut is to help people and organizations do both.
The internationally recognized Drop, Cover and Hold On protocol requires individuals to:
- 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
Do you know how to make your home a safe place during an earthquake?
Can you beat the Quake? Play this game and find out.
To secure your top-heavy furniture, mirrors, paintings, hanging baskets and other objects, use steel bolts.
To secure glass, chinaware, porcelains or ceramic items, use putty or gel, don't think they won't hurt anyone.
For bonsai and other indoor plants use Velcro type products or non skid mats. Yes they will fly around if else.
Keep your emergency kit and other essential items with you.
Download various materials from www.shakeoutbc.ca or from http://www.getprepared.gc.ca to learn how to be prepared in case of Earthquake.
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