15 March 2011
Written by Michelle
Our thoughts are currently with all those countries which have recently had earthquakes. Experiencing a natural disaster is a life changing event. Being that we are in British Columbia and fall within an earthquake zone, writing a blog about earthquake preparedness seemed appropriate. Are you prepared?
We have found some great online information about how you can prepare for the “big” one. The first site is a page from the Inter-Agency Emergency Preparedness Council presenting a guide for BC families and individuals. They encourage preparing all family members by learning how to use emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, taking a first aid course, and planning and practicing an evacuation of your home. Creating an emergency plan in case an earthquake hits when everyone is separated (at work or at school etc) is also extremely important.
The site also includes a checklist of the emergency supplies that you should have on hand in your home. There are additional suggestions for items that you can put together for an evacuation pack, a vehicle pack, or an office pack.
The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has a webpage which includes links that will help you and your family prepare for other types of emergencies including flooding, tsunamis, wildfires, and avalanches. Although we can’t prevent a natural disaster from occurring, we can do our best to prepare.
Published in Tips.
Michelle works in the Consumer Protection BC Inquiry Centre. She answers calls and emails from consumers and businesses on a wide variety of topics which makes her the perfect person to share her knowledge and experiences with you.