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May 12, 2016

  
Ever wonder what an 8.0 magnitude earthquake feels like?

On Monday, May 16, staff at Island Health’s Royal Jubilee Hospital campus will get a chance to find out in the Shake Zone, a portable earthquake simulator currently being showcased across the province by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Health Emergency Management B.C.

This is the first time the simulator will visit a B.C. hospital setting. It will also be at Victoria General Hospital on Friday, May 20.

“Giving health care workers a chance to experience something like this is significant,” said Dr. Brendan Carr, Island Health’s President and CEO. “As a health care organization, we will play a critical role if a large-scale disaster strikes. Our employees and our facilities will be front and centre in terms of delivering care. We need to be prepared, at every level, personal as well as professional.”

Island Health has spent years developing, training and executing its emergency plans for a wide variety of events that could affect our communities, facilities and residents. Getting a chance to safely experience what a major earthquake feels like will only enhance that ongoing training, said Gerry Delorme, Director of Health Emergency Management at Island Health. 

“There is considerable evidence that people who have experienced emergency events in the past tend to prepare more comprehensively in the home and work environments,” he said. “We hope what our employees feel in the earthquake simulator will remind them what could happen, and reinforce the need to be prepared in all aspects of their lives.”

Shake Zone Earthquake Simulation
Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m.
Royal Jubilee Hospital
Near the Tim Hortons

Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m.
Victoria General Hospital
In staff parking lot off Watkiss Way. Please park in regular public pay parking areas.

While on Island Health sites, the earthquake simulator will be open to all staff and members of the public. Patients however, will not be allowed to participate due to health concerns.

Media Inquiries: 
Kellie Hudson
Media Relations Manager
250.370.8908
kellie.hudson@viha.ca