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Drop, Cover and Hold On

Join us on October 15 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

This year, hold your Shakeout drill when and where you want, practicing the drill at any time at work or home. If at work, remember to take into consideration physical distancing measures or hold the drill at staggered times to keep everyone safe.

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, 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.

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 15 at any time that’s convenient for you.

  1. DROP onto your hands and knees immediately. If you’re inside, stay inside and don’t run outdoors or to other rooms.
  2. COVER your head and neck with your arm and take shelter under a sturdy piece of furniture. If there’s no shelter nearby, crawl to the nearest interior corner or wall (away from windows) while continuing to protect your head and neck.
  3. HOLD ON to your shelter with one hand and cover your head and neck with the other until the shaking stops. If there is no shelter, hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.
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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. Beyond the items in a standard emergency kit, add items from Health Canada’s COVID-19 coronavirus-related emergency essentials list and fact sheet.

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 FAST (First Aid & Survival Technologies Limited). Learn more at

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.