Drop, Cover and Hold On
Join us on October 18 at 10:18am for The Great BC ShakeOut
BCAA is proud to sponsor and participate in The Great BC ShakeOut—part of the world's largest earthquake drill, and we want you to join us. Taking part is a great way for your family or organization to feel more prepared to get through and recover quickly from big earthquakes – wherever you live, work, or travel.
Earthquakes: how prepared are you?
More than 1,200 small to medium sized earthquakes happen in BC each year and images of earthquakes around the world remind us that there’s a risk of a more destructive earthquake here. The good news is we can all take steps now to feel more prepared to protect ourselves and our families. BCAA wants to help.
With 20% Member savings on emergency kits, free emergency supply checklists and insurance advice, BCAA is here to help British Columbians get ready for earthquakes, and other emergencies, like floods and wildfires.
We’ve also joined forces with the experts at PreparedBC. As a Partner in Preparedness, we’re part of a province-wide initiative to share more information about preparing yourself, your family and community, and help to build more resilient communities.
Register for The Great BC ShakeOut
BCAA is proud to sponsor and participate in The Great BC ShakeOut - part of the world's largest earthquake drill. And we want you to join us. Taking part is a great way for your family or organization to feel more prepared to get through and recover quickly from big earthquakes – wherever you live, work or travel. Register online at shakeoutbc.ca
How to “Drop, Cover and Hold On”
Learn the life-saving response of “Drop, Cover and Hold On” and take part in ShakeOut BC on October 18 at 10:18 am.
- DROP onto your hands and knees to protect yourself from falling.
- COVER your head and neck under a sturdy table or desk, or with your arms and hands.
- HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops.
Create an Emergency Kit
Prepare an emergency kit at home that can sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours.
Step one: Buy a ready-made kit or build your own which includes PreparedBC's recommended basic essentials.
Step two: Customize your kit to meet your needs. For example, regular medications, comfort items for children, or food for your pet.
Step three: Put your kit in a place that's easy to get to. Prepare extra kits to keep in your car and at work.
BCAA Members save 20% on emergency kits for home and personal use with our rewards partner F.A.S.T. (First Aid & Survival Technologies Limited). Learn more at www.bcaa.com/emergencykit.
Have an Emergency Plan
Make a plan so that you and your family know what to do after the shaking stops. Know escape routes at home, agree on meeting places if you’re not together and an out of town contact everyone can call if local communications are down. Go over your plan at least once a year. Make sure you know the emergency plans at your work, and at your children’s daycare or school, too.
Prepare your Home
Even small earthquakes can cause damage to your home from non-structural items being shaken around. Items such as tall or heavy free-standing furniture, a water tank or heavy wall hangings can create safety hazards in your home. Our friends at ShakeOut BC have compiled some tips with more details about how you – or an appropriate contractor – can prepare your home.