For the fifth year running British Columbians will “drop, cover, and hold” today as they simulate the effects of “the big one.”
It’s called the “Great shakeout” and at 10:15 this morning, thousands across the province will practice what to do if an earthquake hits.
Maria Bekiaris with St. John Ambulance says knowing what to do could keep you alive in those crucial seconds.
“It can make an incredible difference. Most injuries during earthquakes happen from people panicking, and not dropping, holding on to something.”
But Bekiaris says BC still has a ways to go when it comes to being prepared.
She says still far too few people have an emergency plan or kit.
But she says staying informed with events like today is a big first step.