Air sirens will blast next week

Great Shake Out urges residents to be prepared

When you hear the emergency sirens throughout Agassiz next Thursday, don’t be alarmed. It really is just a test.

The Kent-Harrison Emergency Social Services is participating in the Great British Columbia Shake Out Drill, designed to help residents of the province prepare for an earthquake emergency.

And local organizers recently walked door to door, handing out letters inviting all local businesses to join them in the Shake Out, taking place October 20 at 10:20 a.m.

When the emergency air siren sounds off, businesses are asked to employ their emergency plan. For those who don’t have a plan, it’s the perfect time to think about creating one.

ESS volunteer Caroline Harris said it’s especially important for businesses to think about how an emergency will affect customers, or visitors to the business.

The letter asks three questions: Are you and your employees aware of what to do in an emergency? Are you prepared to assist customers and clients who may be in your business during an emergency? and, Is there potential for harm from falling objects, and what can you do to secure safety?

Businesses and residents can register to participate in the Shake Out, at The website also contains more information on how to be prepared in any emergency.

This is intended to be an annual province-wide event, occurring on the third Thursday of every October.

Just Posted

Agassiz bus driver’s seatbelt petition heads to Ottawa

Gary Lillico is hoping his one-month petition will make a mark on the House of Commons

No crackers for quackers: Hope resident warns fellow locals to not feed wild birds

‘You should not feed wildlife anything—they don’t need it,’ Wildlife Rescue Association says

Man dead after motorcycle crash in Hope, police watchdog says

Thursday’s crash is still being investigated by the IIO

Agassiz trail runner looks to conquer local mountains

Marina Striker has run the equivalent of four Mount Everests in April alone

Four years in jail for Langley, Maple Ridge scissor robber

Ryan Korte also guilty of a Chilliwack vehicle theft for which he received eight months

VIDEO: Quadriplegic man takes flight over Harrison Mills

Jim Ryan hasn’t moved his arms or legs for three years, but that didn’t stop him from paragliding

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Cloverdale Rodeo competition promises to be a ‘nail-biter’ this weekend

New challengers giving returning champions a run for their money

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Most Read