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Capilano University joins ShakeOut BC earthquake exercise

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 17, 2010
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 here 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

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6 Responses

  1. Isn’t it bad to hide under desks? They’d get crushed! I thought one was supposed to lay beside a piece of furniture/ desk, and not underneath? Then, the piece of building falling would fall and crush the desk, breaking over the desk, while person would be safe in the triangle of space made by the broken fallen debris… correct?

  2. Hi
    Last week, the desks in CE 135 had not yet been changed back to double desks (from exam period) so no-one will be able to get under an exam desk!
    I have not been in today but perhaps someone would check & remedy that problem if needs be
    thanks a lot
    Jackie E

    • If the desks haven’t been changed back by the time the drill takes place, just crouch beside the ones that are there. No need to try to squeeze under it if you won’t fit.

      • Makes me hope that we don’t get an earthquake during exam time so we can actually fit under the desks… 🙂

      • If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table. The main point is to try not to move and immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you will most likely be knocked to the ground wherever you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

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