Get Ready to Shake Out


Subject: Participate in ShakeOut BC – Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Get ready to Shake Out! On October 20th at 10:20 a.m., participate in the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill by practicing DROP! COVER! HOLD ON!

ShakeOut BC is a timely reminder for everyone to learn the risks, get prepared, and make a plan in the event of an earthquake. Start by developing an emergency preparedness plan and update your emergency supplies with essential items you may need if there is no power or tap water. Consider a safe location to reunite with your family and loved ones. Phone and internet may not be available, so it is essential to your state of mind to have a plan for everyone to follow, if a disaster hits.

Drop, Cover and Hold:

  • DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down). This position protects you from falling, but allows you to still move if necessary.
  • COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
  • HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.

What to do after the shaking stops:

  • Stay calm and move cautiously.
  • Check for unstable objects and other hazards above and around you.
  • If you are injured, treat yourself first and then assist others.
  • Be aware of the potential for aftershocks – and continue to drop, cover and hold on if you feel them.

UBC Alert is an important part of maintaining safety and security during an emergency on campus. If you are registered for UBC Alert, you will receive a text message on October 20th, announcing the start of ShakeOut. Make sure you register and verify your information on

We all have a role in making our campuses safe. Be pro-active, and learn more about earthquake preparedness at