Half a million residents were without power after the latest wind storm hit the lower mainland in late August. 300,000 hectares of BC forest have burned this summer. And, of course, we have the ever present threat of “the big one” earthquake.
Now is the time to review and prepare your emergency kit. Recheck batteries, food and water supply expiry dates and fill in any pieces you are missing. Experts agree you need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a disaster.
10 Essentials for your Emergency Kit
- Water — At least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
- Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
- Manual can opener
- Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
- First aid kit
- Extra keys to your car and house
- Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones (if you can find one)
- A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
- If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)
Click here to order Emergency Preparedness Kits for the Home or Car from the BC Government (1-6 person kits available)
This article was originally posted on CBC News, October 17th, 2013.