When you live in a beautiful place like Langley, it is easy to take our safety for granted.
But the West Coast of B.C. is located in an earthquake zone, and the possibility of a natural disaster striking at some point is very real.
That's why staff at the Township and the City will be taking part in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut Drill at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. At that time, employees will practise protecting themselves during an earthquake by dropping to the ground, taking cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and holding on for 60 seconds.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to do the same with their families and employees.
"In an earthquake, there will be no pre-warnings like we have with other incidents, like a fire alarm when there is a fire," said Township safety advisor Sandra Ciparis, "so it is important for us all to develop our safety plans and practise them so that we and our families are ready at a moment's notice."
ShakeOut drills will be practised throughout the west coast of Canada and the United States, and in countries including Italy, New Zealand, and Japan. ShakeOut is also a chance for families, businesses, schools, and organizations to review and update their emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and secure their spaces to prevent damage and injuries.
More online at www.langleyadvance.com
@ Copyright 2013