December 29th, 2016 marked one year since a 4.7 magnitude earthquake rattled British Columbia's South Coast, and many British Columbians are still talking about what to do to be more prepared in the event of a bigger earthquake.
Make it your 2017 New Years' Resolution to get prepared!
- Prepare to be on your own for a minimum of 72 hours
- Put together your emergency kit; and
- Plan ahead and practice drills so you and your family know what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
- 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 food and water, 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 your vehicles.
Let's all make 2017 a safer year!
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. 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.”