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Are You Hiding Under Your Desk Yet?


I’m not actually writing this blog posting right now. In fact, as this post, which I’ve written in advance and scheduled to post at exactly 10 a.m., is being published, I’m hiding under my desk and holding on for dear life!  Because it’s time for the The Great British Columbia Shake Out –  the biggest earthquake drill in the history of Canada!

You may recall I blogged about this a few weeks ago. Did I actually finish assembling my earthquake preparedness kit?  Well, no, actually. Because I suck and thus will be forced to ration my limited supply of bottled water and energy bars that I tossed in a box in my storage closest, cursing my unpreparedness, when the Big One hits. But at least I’m hiding under my desk right now and thus will know what to do should a real earthquake happen and thus will survive the quake long enough to curse my unpreparedness.  Plus, I bet my coworkers are asking me what the hell I’m doing right now and that’s always fun.

I’ll take a photo of me hiding under my desk and post it here later. For the greater good. You’re welcome.


Day 219

Me, hiding under my desk.


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Join the Shake Out!


In the mountain of email that was waiting for me upon my return to work after three weeks of holidays, there was an email about the The Great British Columbia Shake Out. What is a “Shake Out,” you ask? Only the biggest earthquake drill in the history of Canada!

BC is a hot spot for potential earthquakes but, really, most of the people I know are not prepared. The only earthquake I’ve experienced since I’ve lived here was back in 2001 – it was a pretty minor one, but you could definitely feel it if you were sitting down at the time – and not a single person in the class I was in at the time had any idea what to do. “Are we supposed to go outside? Stay here?” After that, there were a few earthquake preparedness planning meetings, but then everyone promptly forget all about it.

Personally, I have a half-assed earthquake kit in my storage closet, which consists of an insufficient supply of bottled water and some energy bars that I’ve picked up as free samples at various half marathons that I’ve run. Plus a printed out list of the things that are supposed to be in an earthquake preparedness kit.

So I’ve decided to register for the Shake Out and use it as an opportunity to get off my butt and learn about what I really should be doing in the event that the Big One hits. At the very least, it will be an opportunity for my co-workers to ask me, “Why the hell are you hiding under your desk?

You too can register for the Shake Out and be part of the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” action.