Great ShakeOut earthquake drill Oct. 20

- Melanie Groves

Recent earthquakes in BC and around the world are constant reminders that we live in an earthquake zone. Do you know what to do when the earth starts shaking? Are you ready to “drop, cover and hold on?” UVic did a great job of “shaking out” during the first province-wide earthquake drill last January. As the annual date for BC has been changed to October, a second large provincial exercise is planned on October 20 at exactly 10:20 a.m.

The two-minute drill will help you to learn the immediate response procedures for an earthquake. “Be proactive and plan to drop, cover and hold on at exactly 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20.," says Daphne Donaldson, UVic's manager of emergency planning. "Practicing these simple procedures now could make a big difference to your health and safety when an earthquake occurs."

The next campus-wide drill is being planned for next year. Information and resources to help you prepare for an earthquake are available on the UVic website at You can also visit for audio and video recordings of the drill, or listen to it on participating local radio and television stations on Oct. 20.

Did you know?
Grab and Go kits and emergency radios are available at the special discount price of $25 at the UVic Bookstore.


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