Last Wednesday, tens of thousands of British Columbians, including Tri-City residents, students and workers took cover in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.
When the clock struck 10 a.m. Jan. 26, men, women and children made a dive for their desks, grabbed hold of something sturdy and covered their heads and necks. When the 60-second drill was over, they made sure everyone was accounted for.
Did the ShakeOut rock the world? No, but it was a good reminder that quakes can happen and when they do, it's best to be prepared. Imagine having to do without heat, light and power - and, possibly, medical help - for 72 hours. That's what could happen in any disaster, and B.C. is due for a quake, experts say.
So it makes sense to have a plan in place just in case the Big One does rock our world.
What do you think? Do you have emergency supplies and a plan to take care of yourself for 72 hours during a natural disaster? Vote in our online poll.