This Thursday, Laurier Annex staff and students participated in this year's Great BC ShakeOut Earthquake Drill at 10:20 AM sharp. Students did the full drop, cover and hold during a simulated earthquake. Staff and students then evacuated the school to a nearby field where they opened the school's emergency bin to distribute emergency supplies.
All VSB schools participate in two drills each year, one in the fall and the annual Big One @ Two Drill scheduled in May. This year, 28 VSB school/sites participated in the Great BC ShakeOut Drill. VSB school sites have School Emergency Response Teams (SERTs) comprised of staff volunteers trained in light urban search and rescue skills and outfitted accordingly.
SERT members help to enhance overall emergency response capabilities of the VSB and to date, over 300 staff volunteers have been trained.
In addition to SERT training, the VSB also has equipped all 109 VSB schools with water storage tanks as part of a renewable system for potable water source in an emergency.
Laurier Annex was among hundreds of BC schools participating in the provincial earthquake drill. It is expected that over 470,000 people participated in the drill from across the province.
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