The world’s largest earthquake drill

B.C. residents are getting ready to shake out!

On October 18 at 10:18 a.m., it’s time to take part in the Great British Columbia Shake Out. We’re joining millions around the world to practice how to “drop, cover and hold on” in the event of an earthquake. Find out more details about participating in the drill.

Here’s some important information about calling 9-1-1 after a real earthquake:

  • After the shaking stops and it’s safe to come out from cover, ensure all phones are on the hook
  • Do not use the telephone immediately unless a life is at stake
  • If you have a serious emergency, dial 9-1-1. If you hear a busy signal, hang up and dial again. If you receive a recorded announcement, stay on the line and wait for a call-taker. Do not hang up. Your call will be answered as soon as possible.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 for general information or to ask questions about the earthquake
  • Help keep 9-1-1 lines free for those with serious emergencies
  • Listen to your radio and TV for instructions and information, including finding out when it’s clear to telephone relatives and friends

Download our Dialing 9-1-1 after an Earthquake info card.