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Media release: Disaster simulations at VCC

Posted on October 19, 2016

Nursing disaster simulations following ShakeOutBCVCC nursing students diagnosing a fellow student for training purposes.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – 250 health science students from Vancouver Community College (VCC) and other Lower Mainland post-secondaries will be participating in community disaster training at VCC through eight different simulations on Thursday, October 20. The drills will take place immediately following ShakeOutBC and a full evacuation of the college.

“The importance of this Interprofessional Education (IPE) simulation is to assist the students in understanding the importance of working with teams of people that you do not know towards the same goal of helping as many people as possible following a disaster,” says Shirley Clarke, instructor, bachelor of science in nursing. “Many people know they should plan for the "big event" but few people do it. This event will heighten the awareness of the need for preparation, self-reliance and cooperation.”

Simulations such as this are a foundation to achieving safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care. VCC hopes this will be a building block to disaster preparedness for the entire college, then outwards to the community.

Video and photo opportunities available

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

10:20a.m. Shake Out drill followed by full evacuation of college
10:36a.m. Disaster simulation drills, approximately 2 hours
Location: VCC Broadway campus, 1155 W. Broadway, Building B


Media can contact:

Danielle Libonati
Marketing Communications Officer
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7000, ext. 7531