May 04, 2016 Return to Headlines

Experience a Simulated Earthquake

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 4, 2016 – In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week, May 1-7, the City of Coquitlam is inviting residents and businesses to experience a simulated 8.0 magnitude earthquake and learn more about emergency preparedness.

On May 5, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. visit the southwest corner of Coquitlam Centre’s parking lot to experience the IBC Shake Zone – a mobile trailer that shakes and moves, creating the experience of a major earthquake. The IBC Shake Zone provides a unique opportunity for residents to experience an earthquake in a safe and informative environment.

In addition to the simulator, local first responders, non-profit organizations and sponsors will be on hand to provide valuable information on how you, your family, and your business can be prepared for a major emergency: 

  • Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society
  • Coquitlam Emergency Management Office
  • Coquitlam Engineering & Public Works
  • Coquitlam Fire / Rescue
  • Coquitlam RCMP
  • Coquitlam Search and Rescue
  • Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • London Drugs
  • RCMP victim Services
  • Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • St John Ambulance
  • Westland Insurance

Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere at any time. Everyone should be prepared to take care of their basic needs for at least the first 72 hours following a disaster.

For more information on emergency preparedness and to get yourself prepared, visit coquitlam.ca/emergprepared. Or follow the ‘CityofCoquitlam’ on Facebook or Twitter to receive tips  – to be posted every other week – as part of our ’26 Weeks to Preparedness’.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion. www.ibc.ca/bc

About Emergency Preparedness Week
Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners. This year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. Through the Get Prepared campaign, Canadians have learned to know the risks, make a plan, and get an emergency kit. This year’s theme highlights the importance of having these measures in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC


Media contact:
Greg Kanya
Manager, Coquitlam Emergency Management Office
City of Coquitlam