Wednesday, September 9, 2015

10:15 am on October 15, 2015, The BC ShakeOut Drill Broadcast

Area of the Cascadia subduction zone, includin...
Area of the Cascadia subduction zone, including the Cascade Volcanic Arc (red triangles) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We are finally being given more realistic scenarios of the effects of a 9.0 Megaquake earthquake in British Columbia; albeit it certainly does not follow that only three days of food and water is sufficient to survive.
[Area of the Cascadia subduction zone, including the Cascade Volcanic Arc (red triangles) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)]

On October 15, millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at exactly 10:15 a.m.
British Columbians can join by registering for the 2015 Great British Columbia ShakeOut at www.shakeoutbc.ca
Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes – wherever you live, work, or travel.

More about Cascadia Subduction Zone on Pintrest

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Preparedness Now - TV Documentary (23:00 minute YouTube Video) by ShakeOutBC

Published on Oct 16, 2014
A scenario of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake having just occurred off the BC coast. A massive tsunami races towards land at the speed of a commercial jet. Preparedness Now simulates this hypothetical, but realistic disaster scenario and looks at what damage can be expected and what people can do to prepare themselves.

Earthquake Smart 3 with CBC News Vancouver's Johanna Wagstaffe
(2:32 minute YouTube Video)

You don't have to be scared! But be prepared!

'Show Me ShakeOut' Video Winner

https://youtu.be/2B6lhVKwf-E (1:59 minute YouTube Video)
Published on Jun 2, 2015
Congratulations to Grade 10 Ladysmith Secondary School student Olivia Rettig for her winning entry in the 'Show Me ShakeOut' video contest. Olivia's video not only captured the "drop, cover, hold on" drill but provided key information on preparing for an emergency. In recognition of her hard work, Olivia received an iPad and Apple App Store gift card provided by ShakeOut BC sponsor the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
A magnitude 9.0 or 10.0 earthquake is expected any day now. Albeit some seismologists suggest an 8.8 or 9.2 magnitude. According to THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE article of July 20, 2015, if the entire zone gives way at once, an event that seismologists call a full-margin rupture, the magnitude will be somewhere between 8.7 and 9.2. That’s the VERY BIG ONE. No one knows for sure. That it will happen is certain. Sizing and timing don't really matter; that is just a clouding the issue of PREPAREDNESS. A massive tsunami will races towards land at the speed of a commercial jet.

BC's Preparedness Now website simulates this (what they call hypothetical), but realistic disaster scenario and looks at what damage can be expected and what people can do to prepare themselves.

We all know that THE REALLY BIG ONE is near, how poorly prepared we all are:
There would be widespread damage, including thousands of injuries and fatalities and the destruction of hundreds of buildings,” says a recent report from B.C.’s auditor general that harshly criticized the province for not being better prepared for the catastrophe and its aftershocks.

Some other pre-planning and preparedness videos for United States residents (FEMA is a U.S. Agency):

When The Earth Shakes - Animated Video (1:40 minutes YouTube Video) - FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA.gov:

EARTHQUAKE! - NOVA: Discovery/Science/History (Documentary) (57:12 minutes YouTube Video)


Radio and TV Stations that will play the ShakeOut Drill Broadcast at 10:15 am on October 15, 2015 are listed.  See list of participating Radio stations that will broadcast these recordings during this year's ShakeOut drill.  [Ed. note - as at 10AM on Friday, Sepember 18, 2015 none were listed].

MP3 files are suitable for playing on your computer, and over PA systems.
  • Download now and test before playing at drill time.
  • Please do not play the files directly from this website at drill time.
  • For best performance, listen to the recording through external speakers (there is a rumble sound that may not be heard through most internal computer speakers)
To download, right-click (control-click on Mac) and choose "Save Target As..." "Download Linked File" or "Save Link as"
ShakeOut_60sec_Drill_Broadcast_English.mp3 (1.8 MB MP3, 60 seconds)
Audio and Video "Drill Broadcast" recordings customized for British Columbia are provided below, with instructions and (soon) earthquake sound effects to play during your Drop, Cover, Hold On drill. Also included will be sound effects with no narration. Using these resources is not required but may make your drill more interesting and educational.
These recordings are suitable for use for earthquake drills anytime (with proper introduction).