The recent forest fires in Fort McMurray have reinforced the importance of preparing for emergencies.

On Vancouver Island, one emergency residents need to prepare for, is a powerful earthquake.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District will be hosting the Shake Zone Simulator a week from today (Thurs).

The Quake Cottage will allow people to safely experience a significant 8.0 magnitude earthquake.

The Quake Cottage, and some other displays, will be located at Island Savings Centre from 10 am to 4 pm.

This portable earthquake simulator is a partnership with Insurance Bureau of Canada and Health Emergency Management BC.