Shakeout Are you ready to drop, cover and hold on? On the third Thursday in October of each year, join millions of people around the world in a massive earthquake preparedness drill. Global Earthquake Preparedness The Great British Columbia ShakeOut isn’t just for B.C. residents – it’s for everyone. From Canada to the United States, Japan, Italy and New Zealand, people are invited to take part in earthquake drills.In 2013, more than 24.7 million individuals, businesses, schools, health care facilities and other groups around the world participated in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut. Committed to raising public awareness, IBC is a presenting sponsor of the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.Earthquakes in Canada Approximately 4,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada each year; most are small. However, there is at least a 30 per cent chance that an earthquake strong enough to cause significant damage to 1- and 2-storey buildings will strike south-western British Columbia in the next 50 years. In the past 100 years, at least 9 earthquakes in or near Canada have registered a magnitude greater than 7. Participating in ShakeOut keeps the issue top of mind and helps you prepare to survive and recover in the event of a major earthquake.How to Participate in ShakeOutToday: Register yourself or your organization to be counted in the ShakeOut drill.Between now and ShakeOut: Consider what may happen when an earthquake shakes your area. Plan what you will do to prepare, protect yourself and recover quickly.Before ShakeOut: Download the ShakeOut audio drill broadcast and have it ready to play during the earthquake preparedness drill. Using this resource can make your drill more interesting and educational.Perform the drop, cover and hold on protocolHere’s what to do in the event of an earthquake if you have a disability or activity limitation. For more information on the global earthquake preparedness day, visit The Great British Columbia ShakeOut. Earthquake Study Results at a GlanceWhat would the “big one” cost Canadians? Economic impact of a major earthquake in Canada – Study highlights Earthquake Prep - Be Prepared Not ScaredEarthquake insurance generally covers loss or damage caused to your property and its contents by the actual shaking of the earth. Coverage for earthquake damage is not included in a standard home insurance policy but can be purchased as an add-on to your existing policy. Earthquake insurance is subject to a higher deductible. Related ServicesEarthquakeEarthquake insurance is available as additional coverage and covers the loss or damage to your property and its contents caused by the shaking of the earth. Useful LinksCrisis Management - Home InsuranceFrom floods to fires to earthquakes, severe weather can damage your home. A home robbery or attempted break-in can put you, your family and your property, at risk. If you’re in a crisis situation that could affect the structure of your home or your own health, keep calm and seek alternate shelter immediately. Crisis Management - Business InsuranceA crisis can happen at any time, threatening an organization in a multitude of tangible and intangible ways. Following best practices in risk management – including creating a business continuity plan – can mean the difference between recovery and bankruptcy. AIR Earthquake Study (Full Version)Study of Impact and the Insurance and Economic Cost of a Major Earthquake in British Columbia and Ontario/QuébecBC ShakeOutOn October 16*, officially "ShakeOut BC Day," millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!