Emergency Management BC
VICTORIA – 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 how to be more prepared.
“It’s up to all us all to collaborate to make emergency preparedness a priority – that’s government, individuals and businesses,” said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness. “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.”
Emergency Management BC urges British Columbians to build an emergency kit to help them cope after catastrophic events, including earthquakes.
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 practicing drills, you and your family will know what to do before, during and after a catastrophic event.
A basic emergency supply kit should include a first aid kit with 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.