Get ready for the Great British Columbia Shakeout!

October 18 - This Thursday, New Westminster School students will practice how to "DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON" during the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drills event, taking place October 20 at 10:20 a.m.  New Westminster Schools supports participation in the annual exercise as a way to practice what to do in the event of an earthquake. The event encourages everyone - from schools, families, and the community at large  - to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes, wherever we live, work, or travel.

British Columbia is located in a seismically-active region where a few thousand earthquakes occur each year.  Only a small number of these earthquakes are large enough to cause damage, but the threat of a major earthquake in the province is real. New Westminster Schools is actively involved in making our schools safer and better prepared places for students and staff. The basic ShakeOut earthquake drill helps us to react quickly and:

  • Drop to the ground, 
  • Cover (under a sturdy table or desk), and
  • Hold On (to the legs of a desk, for instance, until shaking stops) and count the duration of the earthquake.  Once it stops, count to 60 for safety in the event of aftershocks.

This standard drill using simple steps to inform all teachers and students how to take quake‐safe action can protect lives and prevent injuries from falling furniture and flying objects during ground shaking. The ShakeOut event is global - millions of people around the world will be practicing drills on October 20. 


  •  Visit “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” where you can learn more - and play "Beat the Quake"
  •  Visit ShakeOutBC for fact sheets on what to do depending upon where you are; as well as for multimedia options. drill manuals, and planning documents.
New Westminster School students will drop, cover and hold on Thursday!