Press release

On October 19, Montrealers get to practice the steps to take in case of an earthquake

Published October 19, 2023 - 12:56 pm
SourceVille de Montréal

Montréal — Thursday, at 10:19 a.m. the annual earthquake drill will be carried out across the province of Québec. Montréal is inviting its population to take part in this awareness and preparedness event by practicing the recommended actions at that time. 

Montréal encourages all citizens to take the safety steps recommended during a major earthquake: drop, cover and hold on, until the shaking ceases.

“Our metropolis is located in a seismic area, which is why annual drills like the Great ShakeOut are essential reminders. This drill takes a few minutes and prepares the population in order to reduce the risk of injury and to save lives. I encourage all Montrealers to participate in this drill,” stated Alain Vaillancourt, executive committee member responsible for public security.

Every year, on the third Thursday of October, the annual Great ShakeOut of Québec is carried out. This drill aims to raise awareness concerning earthquake risks and to encourage the population, families, communities, schools, as well as organizations to review and update their emergency preparedness plan and equipment. 

In addition to promoting the proper action to take in case of an earthquake, the drill also aims to encourage participants to enhance the safety of their living environment in order to reduce the risk of injury and loss of life. 

For more information or to register, go to La Grande Secousse du Québec.