Earthquake Awareness – Be Prepared Today

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Tuesday night’s 4.3 magnitude earthquake, recorded at 11:40 pm, was felt in many communities throughout the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and as far north as Powell River. According to the federal government’s Natural Resources Canada department, the earthquake had a deep depth of 58.7 kilometres and an epicentre 19 kilometres northeast of Victoria and eight kilometres east-southeast of Sidney – right under the Strait of Georgia.

This was the second moderate earthquake to strike the North American West Coast on Tuesday, December 29th. At 5:48 pm, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake was centered four kilometres outside of Devore, California – about 48 kilometres east of Los Angelos. There have been a number of smaller aftershocks since the initial event.

With this earthquake felt so close to home it is a great reminder of the importance of being prepared.

One way to do that is to create a home emergency kit, and it doesn’t need to take long. A home emergency kit can make all the difference when faced with an emergency situation, ensuring that you and your family are given the best possible chance to survive a worst-case scenario.

Just follow the basic list below and store your 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
  • Cash in small bills
  • A local map with your family meeting place identified
  • Three-day supply of food and water
  • Garbage bags
  • Dust mask
  • Seasonal clothing and footwear

Remember, you can’t count on being home when there’s an emergency. In addition to having one at home, create grab-and-go bags for your work and vehicles that contain:

  • Food (ready to eat) and water
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • AM/FM radio
  • Medications
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Blanket
  • Cell phone charger
  • Pen and notepad
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small First-Aid kit
  • Extra pair of glasses or contacts
  • Cash in small bills
  • Local map with your family meeting place identified
  • Whistle

For more information on how to stay prepared, please visit PreparedBC’s website: http://www.2gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc.

As well, ensure you follow Emergency Management BC’s Twitter accounts for up-to-th-minute info at https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC and https://twitter.com/PreparedBC.

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