Shaking out in Squamish

Annual earthquake drill hits B.C. on Oct. 17

At 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17, people around Squamish — and B.C. — will be ducking for cover.

No, it’s not the ‘Big One,' but preparation for what to do if an earthquake hits. The annual ShakeOut B.C. exercise is set to have more than 690,000 residents ‘drop, cover and hold on.’

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“This 60-second exercise could save the lives of you and your family in the event of an actual emergency. Being prepared and knowing precisely what to do during those critical first few minutes of an earthquake or natural disaster is essential,” Mayor Karen Elliott said in a press release. “Take part in the exercise, talk to your family, check your emergency kit and familiarize yourself with the District’s evacuation plan to ensure you’re prepared for your safety should an emergency arise.”

In Squamish, the drill will also test the SquamishAlert emergency notification system to all subscribers. In the press release, the District of Squamish said more than 3,200 residents were signed up for the alert system. The District employees and School District 48 students will all take part in the drill.

Get more information at www.squamish.ca/evacuate.

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