With the start of a new year, make a resolution to be better prepared for potential emergencies.
Emergency Management BC (EMBC) urges British Columbians to make a commitment to better prepare themselves and their families for possible emergencies. Start by building an emergency kit and developing a household plan that individuals and families can practise throughout the year.
A home emergency kit does not take a long time to create and does not need to be expensive. Just follow the basic list below, and remember to store collected supplies in an easy-to-access location:
- First-aid kit
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Cellphone with charger (inverter or solar charger)
- Cash in small bills
- A local map with a family meeting place identified
- A minimum three-day supply of food and water, but aim for a week to two weeks.
- Garbage bags
- Dust mask
- Seasonal clothing and footwear
- Water (minimum of four litres of water per person, per day)
Make a 2019 New Year’s resolution to prepare for a disaster before it strikes.
For more information on how to get prepared, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC
- How to build an emergency kit: http://ow.ly/QbL830mWTEL
- Household preparedness guide: http://ow.ly/7FqY307cqXV
- Household emergency plan: http://ow.ly/TSqL307cr4o
- Neighbourhood preparedness guide: http://ow.ly/l7CM30mWTMe
- Guide for people with disabilities: http://ow.ly/sGmg30mWTOI
- Pet preparedness guide: http://ow.ly/Q8Ba30mWTRZ
- Guide for apartments, condos and townhomes: http://ow.ly/ZRqk30mWTVF
- More detailed preparedness and safety information is available on:
For tips on how to prepare, follow PreparedBC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PreparedBC
For emergency alerts and notices, follow Emergency Management BC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC