Record number of people participate in Great British Columbia ShakeOut

RICHMOND, October 20, 2016

A record 800,000 British Columbians took part in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut today, joining millions around the world.

The Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness along with representatives from the BC Earthquake Alliance, Insurance Bureau of Canada and London Drugs helped mark the event by participating in the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill on ShakeOutBC Day at London Drugs Head Office.

“The Great British Columbia ShakeOut is gaining more and more traction. This year we saw the largest number of British Columbians take part, with registration growing more than 300,000 since launching the drill in 2011,” said Dave Cockle, President of the BC Earthquake Alliance. “This year, we worked with London Drugs to highlight their great work on business continuity and preparedness. It is important for individuals to be prepared both at home and at work, in order to ensure a resilient B.C. in the event of an earthquake.”

“‘Drop, Cover and Hold On’ is the safest action to take during an earthquake,” said Yamamoto. “We live in earthquake country and know that B.C experiences thousands of earthquakes annually. The Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill provides an important reminder that every British Columbian must be prepared to be self-sufficient during the initial days after an earthquake. We encourage all residents to have an emergency plan and emergency kits prepared for disaster.”

“Governments, businesses, and all British Columbians have a role to play in creating a true culture of earthquake preparedness throughout the province,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC. “By participating in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut, you demonstrate your commitment to ensuring we are all prepared for the Big One.”

“London Drugs has enacted our largest-ever emergency preparedness drill today at our head office in Richmond and all 51 store locations in B.C.,” said Clint Mahlman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, London Drugs. “Working together with ShakeOutBC, emergency response partners and response agencies, we have been able to significantly elevate awareness amongst all of our staff and neighbouring businesses about the importance of being prepared and the tools and planning required for proper preparedness. London Drugs will continue to build on this 2016 ShakeOutBC event with ongoing dedication and commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our staff and customers.”