Following the Dec. 29, 2015, magnitude-4.7 earthquake near Sidney, B.C., that was felt throughout southern Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, many British Columbians are talking about what to do to be more prepared in the event of a bigger earthquake.
Emergency Management BC is urging British Columbians to build an emergency kit to help them cope after a catastrophic events, including earthquakes.
B.C. is considered a high-risk earthquake zone, so be prepared to be on your own for a minimum of 72 hours by developing a household plan, putting together your emergency kit and connecting with your neighbours. By planning ahead and practising drills, you and your family will know what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness –
“It’s up to all of us to collaborate to make emergency preparedness a priority – that’s government, individuals and businesses. Fortunately, last week’s earthquake did not result in injuries or serious damage. Hopefully, it will prompt British Columbians to take action. Building an emergency kit is something that is easy to do and is a New Year’s resolution you can make stick – and it’s one that can save your life. So start building your kit and emergency planning today. Put you and your family in the best position to bounce back and be resilient after a catastrophic event.”
- A basic emergency supply kit should include a first aid kit and medications, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio for updates, a whistle to signal for help, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food items, four litres of water per person per day for at least three days (for drinking and sanitation), some cash in small bills, personal sanitation supplies (garbage bags, moist towelettes, toilet paper, etc.), and seasonal clothing.
- Consider building a grab-and-go bag for quick evacuations. And don’t count on being home when there’s an emergency. To prepare for these possibilities, create grab-and-go bags for your home, your work and vehicles.
Basic emergency kit supplies: http://bit.ly/1JTPKOy
Household preparedness and neighbourhood preparedness guides: http://bit.ly/1OHIM6P
Emergency Info BC, B.C.’s officials channel for emergency alerts: http://ow.ly/WCDbj