Emergency Preparedness Fair scheduled for September 30; Great BC ShakeOut on October 19
Whistler residents and visitors are invited to take a ride in the ShakeZone mobile earthquake simulator at the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. on the Village Stroll by Whistler Olympic Plaza. The municipality has partnered again with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to bring the ShakeZone simulator to Whistler.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, “I tried the ShakeZone the last time it was in Whistler and it gave me a real sense of what an 8.0-magnitude earthquake would feel like. It was fun, but definitely made me think of the potential impact of a real earthquake in our region.”
“The Resort Municipality of Whistler invests in emergency preparedness through its emergency program, staff training, exercises and collaborative community planning. In light of recent international flood events, hurricanes and B.C. wildfires, it’s important for residents and businesses to consider local hazards and personal preparedness. The Emergency Preparedness Fair and Great BC ShakeOut are two opportunities to connect with local experts and take action to get prepared for emergencies.”
Emergency Preparedness Fair – September 30, 1 to 7 p.m.
The fair will include opportunities to:
- Ride in the Shake Zone, a mobile earthquake simulator designed to give people a sense of what an 8.0-magnitude earthquake feels like;
- Browse information booths and connect with the local emergency services and agencies that work to keep Whistler safe; and
- Purchase an emergency kit or get instructions on how to build your own.
Great BC ShakeOut – October 19, 10:19 a.m.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is participating in the annual Great BC ShakeOut drill on Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m., and encourages residents, visitors, school, and businesses to participate as well. This annual, province-wide earthquake drill is an opportunity to practice how to protect yourself during an earthquake and to increase awareness about the need for emergency preparedness
Once again this year, to ensure that the Whistler community has an opportunity to participate in ShakeOut, the Whistler Public Library will host a live earthquake drill on Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m. Join library staff as they “drop, cover, and hold on” at the library.
The RMOW encourages all residents, visitors, schools, and businesses to participate on October 19 and practice the Drop, Cover, and Hold On procedure at exactly 10:19 a.m.
About the Emergency Program
The RMOW’s Emergency Program is responsible for working with local first response agencies, Emergency Management British Columbia, and other community organizations to develop and implement plans and programs to protect the resort community during large-scale emergencies.
Find resources including information about Whistler’s hazards, how to prepare your family, pets or business for an emergency, and where to find emergency updates at whistler.ca/emergencyprogram.