ShakeOut BC Annual Earthquake Drill

Thursday, October 19th 2017 - 10:19am

Do YOU know what to do in an earthquake?

Watch: Follow McFogg the Dog around SFU to learn what to do in an earthquake AND hear from President Andrew Petter about how to get prepared!

2017 ShakeOut SFU

OCTOBER 19TH, 2017

  • Practice DROP, COVER, & HOLD ON - On Thursday, Oct 19th at 10:19am. Follow the ShakeOut video to practice the drill wherever you are! Also consider encouraging the drill in your classroom and/or work spaces.

  • Check out the event tables - Drop by the SRS ShakeOut zones at each campus on Oct 19th (10:00am - 12:00pm) to learn about the drill, pick up preparedness tips, and earn participation giveaways.
    • Burnaby - Saywell Atrium and WAC Bennett Library
    • Vancouver - Harbour Centre Concourse
    • Surrey - Mezzanine

ShakeOut Drill Video:

On October 19th @ 10:19am practice the drill by following along to the ShakeOut video.

ShakeOut FAQs

What is ShakeOut?

The Great BC ShakeOut is an annual province-wide earthquake drill occurring on the third Thursday of October.  The drill provides an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes using the Drop, Cover, Hold on internationally recognized safety procedure.

The drill is also to encourage individuals and organizations, such as SFU, to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space (work, class, home) in order to prevent damage and injuries.

The ShakeOut drill began in California and was adopted by BC in 2011.  BC is now one of 19 ShakeOut Regions world-wide including New Zealand, Japan, Southern Italy and several US States. 

How do I participate in ShakeOut?

Mark your calendar for Oct. 19th, 2017 @ 10:19am
  1. Learn what to do in an earthquake between now and October 19th.
    Check out the resources on this page about what to do in an earthquake, secure your space, update emergency kits, and talk with your family, colleagues, and friends about earthquake preparedness.

  2. DROP, COVER, HOLD ON wherever you are on October 19th @ 10:19am
    Tune into CJSF 90.1FM campus radio station on October 19th @ 10:19am and follow along. Or download the drill audio or video from here. Then on October 19th @ 10:19am press play and follow along.

  3. Check out the event tables after the drill for more information about earthquake preparedness! (See list of locations in drop-down box below).

ShakeOut for SFU Departments/Work Areas

  • For departments looking to participate in ShakeOut, check out the new SFU Earthquake Safety Office Audit. Use this tool to conduct an audit of office and common spaces: pdfexcel.

What should I do in an earthquake?

When an earthquake occurs follow these simple steps:

  1. DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
  2. Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  3. HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

Before an earthquake occurs:

  • Think about what's around you that might be hazardous in an earthquake (i.e. are heavy items stored on the top shelf?)
  • Discuss earthquake safety and emergency plans with friends, family and colleagues and to check the contents of your emergency grab and go bag
  • Learn more about earthquake safety by checking out some of the resources listed below

Earthquake Safety Resources