Get Ready to ShakeOut Victoria on October 16!

Get Ready to ShakeOut Victoria! On Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m., thousands of British Columbians will Drop, Cover, and Hold On! for two minutes in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut  (or ShakeOut BC) province-wide earthquake drill. ShakeOut BC is the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.

Sign Up Online

The City of Victoria is proud to be participating in the drill and encourages Victoria households, schools, businesses, organizations, and media to sign up online to participate at:

Victoria has a one in three probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years. It's not a matter of “if” a damaging earthquake will happen, but “when”.

Drop, Cover,and Hold On! is the most appropriate action to reduce injury and death during an earthquake. The drill is an opportunity to practise how to protect ourselves during an earthquake and to increase awareness on the need for personal preparedness.

Drop, Cover and Hold On! means:

  • DROP to the floor (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER under a desk or sturdy piece of furniture and protect your head and torso, and
  • HOLD ON to the piece of furniture until the shaking stops.

Emergency Preparedness

The Victoria Emergency Management Agency (VEMA) is offering free emergency preparedness workshops this fall. It also has a range of helpful information including the Recipe for Disaster series on what families and businesses need to have on hand to cope up to seven days without outside assistance. VEMA is the City of Victoria’s resource for helping the community prepare for a significant emergency. The next free Emergency Prepardness Workshop is October 29. Learn more.

This will be the fifth ShakeOutBC drill. It is aligned with California's annual ShakeOut, which takes place the third Thursday of October each year. Over 690,000 British Columbians participated in last year’s ShakeOut.