Be part of the largest earthquake drill in the world this month

Just over one year ago, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake was felt throughout the Comox Valley (and beyond), heightening the need for everyone to participate in the BC Earthquake Alliance Society's third annual province-wide earthquake drill – the Great BC ShakeOut -- at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday October 18.

The drill is intended to enhance public awareness of the earthquake hazard in BC and to encourage personal preparedness.  The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is committed to participating in this drill and would like all residents, businesses, agencies and associations to participate, too. Over 400,000 British Columbians have registered since the Great BC ShakeOut started.

School classes, families, office staff or individuals can participate by using the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” method:

• Drop to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
• Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
• Hold on to it until the shaking stops (approximately two minutes)

Natural Resources Canada (NRC) has identified BC as being located in one of the most seismically-active regions in the country.  The NRC advises that the threat of a major earthquake is real, and that in other parts of the world an increased awareness about what to do during an earthquake had been proven to reduce injuries and deaths.

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill is modeled after the highly successful California ShakeOut drill, now in its fourth year.  The CVRD encourages individuals and organizations to register at to be counted in the drill and to access ShakeOut BC materials to learn more about emergency preparedness. For more information, visit or email

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.


Media contact: 
James Bast, CVRD manager of fire services
Tel:  250-334-6044