The Great B.C. ShakeOut is Thursday.

The Great B.C. ShakeOut is Thursday.

Vernon prepared for an emergency

The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill is Thursday at 10:20 a.m.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to drop, cover and hold on during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills Thursday at 10:20 a.m.

The City of Vernon is reminding residents to be prepared for all emergencies, including earthquakes.

“Earthquakes are happening in the North Okanagan region and although fairly localized and minor, it is important to know what to do,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the city’s communications officer.

“This information is also important for those who travel to areas of greater risk, such as the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island.”

Major events such as earthquakes or large storms can also affect local utilities, services and the ability to move from place to place on a provincial scale.

“Grab and go bags and vehicle emergency kits should be refreshed to reflect the winter season,” said Laing Gahr.

“Ensure that your family is prepared to shelter in place in your home for a minimum of 72 hours and potentially longer. Consider food, water, cooking methods and heat sources if there is a loss of electricity, water or other utilities.”

For more information on earthquake preparedness, visit ShakeOutBC. For information on preparing for an emergency, visit PreparedBC.