Shake Zone ready to rattle Richmond
2016 May 4
Richmond residents can help prepare themselves for the “Big One” when the Shake Zone visits Saturday, May 14 to raise awareness about the importance of earthquake preparedness.
The Shake Zone lets people experience the realities of an 8.0-magnitude earthquake and how it might impact a typical work or living space.
“Our region is at risk of having a major earthquake occur at any time, so it’s important that everyone take steps to protect themselves from serious injury or damage when it finally happens,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Shake Zone is a great way to learn more about the potential impacts of a major earthquake on homes and workplaces.”
A small mobile trailer, the Shake Zone demonstrates the need to proactively assess and secure various items in our homes, schools and workplaces. Up to three people at a time will be able to sit down and ride out a simulated 8.0-magnitude earthquake. The Shake Zone is touring BC early May, with the support of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). May 1-7 is Emergency Preparedness Week in BC.
“IBC is pleased to have the opportunity to join with the City of Richmond 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 BC 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.”
The Shake Zone will be at the City’s Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 as part of the popular annual Engineering and Public Works Open House. In addition to visiting the Shake Zone, residents will be able to visit many other displays on public safety and other civic services; enjoy free live entertainment and fun activities for the kids; and sample some of the food vendors on site. Richmond residents will also be able to sign up to receive emails or direct voice or text messages about local emergencies to their phones through the Richmond BC Alert emergency notification system. Learn more at www.RichmondBCAlert.ca.