NEWTON — If students and staff at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus didn’t feel the need to be prepared for an emergency before, they likely had some sense shaken into them Tuesday.
Hundreds of people got a taste of what an 8.0 magnitude earthquake would feel like as a mobile earthquake simulator called the Shake Zone made a stop at KPU during Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1-7).
As the unit shakes, passengers hold on and watch a video depicting the effects a massive earthquake would have (see video below).
PICTURED: Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s manager of emergency planning Kyle Klein, and Now editor Beau Simpson, right, ride the Shake Zone at the Surrey campus on Tuesday.
KPU’s manager of emergency planning Kyle Klein said while there are all sorts of opinions on just what to do when an earthquake hits, the Shake Zone teaches people why the best advice is also the most simple.
“The Shake Zone really demonstrates why the only protocol out there is, ‘drop, cover and hold on,’” he said. “It also shows how important it is that we be prepared, not only for earthquakes but for all emergencies.”
During Emergency Preparedness Week, Canadians are being asked to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face emergencies: Know the risks, make a plan and get an emergency kit.
KPU partnered with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to bring the Shake Zone to Surrey.
“IBC is pleased to have the opportunity to join KPU for the Shake Zone tour. Preparing Canadians for an earthquake is a priority for Canada’s insurance industry,” said Bill Adams, vice-president, Western & Pacific, IBC. “More than 3,000 earthquakes occur in B.C. every year and, luckily, very few cause damage. But at some point, a big one will hit.
“It is not a matter of if, but when.”