Record number of participants take part in 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut

Oct 19, 2017

VANCOUVER , BC – A record 886,000 British Columbians took part in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut today, joining millions around the world.

Government officials, along with students, and representatives from the BC Earthquake Alliance, Insurance Bureau of Canada and Science World helped mark the event by participating in the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" drill on ShakeOutBC Day at Science World.

"Earthquakes are one of the critical hazards we face in B.C., and The Great British Columbia ShakeOut reminds us all that our first reaction must be to 'Drop, Cover and Hold On' when an earthquake strikes," said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness in British Columbia. "I am encouraged by the widespread participation in this year's event, and I urge British Columbians to discover PreparedBC and the resources that are available to help us continue to raise the bar on disaster readiness. Emergency preparedness is an ongoing endeavour, and together, we are taking action and building a British Columbia that is better prepared."

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