Earthquake While Driving Preparedness


 ShakeOutBCOpens in a new tab. Standard earthquake drill: 

  • Drop to the ground
  • Take cover under a sturdy desk or table
  • Hold on, since your cover is going to bounce and shift.

Here are a few tips for staying safe while driving if experiencing an earthquake:

  1. An earthquake while driving may feel like something is wrong with your car. Take note of your surroundings. You’ll feel jolting and potentially see swaying or falling objects.
  2. Slow down until you can safely pull over and stop. Avoid parking near overpasses, powerlines, bridges and buildings. Your car will provide little protection from heavy falling objects.
  3. Turn off the engine and put the handbrake on. Stay in your car until the shaking stops.
  4. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until a trained person can remove the wire.
  5. Turn on the radio and heed any warnings or directions from officials.

After the shaking stops, it’s probably best to stay put, depending on the level of damage around you. Keep emergency response routes clear and be aware of potential hazards, such as downed power lines, falling debris and collapsing infrastructure.

The exception would be if you’re in a tsunamiOpens in a new tab. zone. In that case, move to higher ground on foot immediately and stay there until directed otherwise by authorities.

Last but not least, don’t clog phone lines with unnecessary calls. The best way to let family and friends know you’re okay is via text messaging, email or social media. Data-based services are less likely to experience major interruptions.

Prepare your Earthquake/ emergency kit

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  • At 10:15 a.m., Oct. 15, more than 730,000 British Columbians will “drop, cover and hold on” during the annual ShakeOutBCOpens in a new tab. earthquake drill. This is the best way to ensure you have all the right moves when an earthquake occurs. Register today.Opens in a new tab.


TranBC: Earthquakes – What to do when driving in BC

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Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada and is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, artist, philosopher, certified day dreamer and generally complicated human.

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