People can sign up to be part of the Great British Columbia ShakeOut on Oct. 18.
ShakeOut is a worldwide earthquake drill and at 10: 18 a.m. local time people will drop, cover and hold on, the key steps to follow during an earthquake.
So far more than 200,000 people are registered. Involved are municipalities, schools, daycares, post secondary institutions, First Nations, businesses, community groups and more.
Register online at www.shake-outbc.ca.
British Columbia is a seismically active region where a few thousand earthquakes occur each year in and adjacent to the province.
The threat of a major earthquake in the province is real and all British Columbians must know how to be prepared.
In addition to participating in the drill, people are encouraged to do emergency planning. In the event of a major natural disaster, people will likely not be able to obtain help from fire departments, ambulances and police.
People should have enough supplies that are accessible and working so they can survive for at least 72 hours and up to a week before help arrives.
There are various online sites with specifics on how to do emergency planning including the federal government's www. publicsafety.gc.ca.
Participation is easy: Register.
Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Take part in the drill for at least 60 seconds. Practice what you will do after the shaking stops.