ShakeOut BC Annual Earthquake Drill

Thursday, October 18th 2018 - 10:18am

Know what to do in an earthquake? Join SFU in the annual ShakeOut BC Earthquake Drill to practice and get prepared!

1) Pre-drill

Download the SFU snap app and enable push notifications to receive a drill notification. Other SFU Alerts channels will also be tested including digital screens and Alertus desktop notifications. 

2) DROP, COVER, HOLD ON at 10:18am

Wherever you are at 10:18am practice "DROP, COVER, HOLD ON” procedures and follow along to the ShakeOut video. Encourage drill participation in your classrooms and/or work spaces.

3) Check out event tables

Drop by the SRS ShakeOut zones at each campus on Oct 18th (10:00am - 12:00pm) to learn about the drill, pick up preparedness tips, and earn participation giveaways.

  • Burnaby - Saywell Atrium
  • Vancouver - Harbour Centre Concourse
  • Surrey - 3000 level above the Mezzanine

4) Get prepared

Explore our preparedness resources:

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. 

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