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October 17, 2012

JIBC to participate in 2012 Great British Columbia ShakeOut

"Drop, Cover and Hold on" for earthquake safety

JIBC will be participating in ShakeOut BC on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m., by practicing "Drop, Cover and Hold on".

BC is located in a seismically active region, and each year a few thousand earthquakes occur in, and adjacent to, the province. Over 570,000 people in BC will participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut, providing an opportunity to practice how to protect themselves, and for everyone to become prepared.

The goal is to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. This exercise will be the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history, and will be simultaneously conducted in areas across North America, including the Yukon, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, and Guam.

JIBC is just one of many post-secondary institutions that have been invited to participate in the earthquake drill, and the Emergency Management Division is leading the Institute‚Äôs participation. The Emergency Management Division has led earthquake simulation exercises as part of the Exercise Design training it delivers for public and private organizations.

Drop, cover and hold on at JIBC campuses, on October 18, 2012:

  1. An air horn will sound on JIBC campuses at 10:18 am.
  2. Students, faculty and staff will Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for 120 seconds).
  3. An air horn will sound again once the drill is over.

JIBC is encouraging students, faculty and staff at all JIBC campuses to participate in this important exercise.

For more information, visit the Great British Columbia ShakeOut website.

Tags: earthquake, Emergency Management Division, ShakeOut

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