When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 10:19 a.m.
What is the UBC ShakeOut drill?
British Columbia is located in one of the most seismically active regions in the world with more than 1,200 earthquakes recorded each year. While most are too small to be felt, the risk of a major one causing significant damage is real.
UBC is always working to prepare our campus for emergency events such as earthquakes. We are improving our buildings and infrastructure to better withstand a major event and helping the campus community know what to do when the earth starts moving.
Learn more about earthquake preparedness here.
What will you think of first once the ground stops shaking?
On October 19, 2017 at 10:19 a.m. UBC will Drop, Cover and Hold On to practice what to do in an earthquake as part of ShakeOut BC. But being prepared for an earthquake isn’t just about getting through the actual event, it’s also about advanced planning, and knowing what to do when the shaking stops.
A self-recovery plan is the best way to ensure that you have a process in place that takes account of the most important things in your life.
If you only do one thing in advance, prepare an emergency kit for home and work. Encourage your students to do so too. St Johns Ambulance, Canadian Safety Supplies, 72 Hours and the Red Cross all sell ready-made emergency kits.
What to do after an earthquake
In the event of an earthquake, once the shaking stops you should:
- Remain calm and take care of yourself first.
- If you are safe, check for damage (e.g. natural gas leaks) and help others.
- Move to a safe area if your present location is compromised, otherwise stay where you are.
- Initiate your individual self-recovery plan.
After an earthquake, your first thoughts will probably be about your family or support network, but the reality is you may have limited ability to contact or connect with them. Having a self-recovery plan and emergency kit in place will give you some peace of mind in the initial aftermath.
If you’re registered for UBC Alert you’ll receive a text message at 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017 notifying you of ShakeOut. UBC Alert is an important part of maintaining safety and security during an emergency on campus; please make sure your contact information is up to date on www.msp.ubc.ca. Students can log onto the UBC Student Centre to make sure their information is correct.