‘Q’ is for ‘Quake/Emergency Kit.’
Richard and I have now arrived back home from Boston. My ‘adventure’ today (after unpacking our bags and doing the laundry) is to organize our emergency supplies and ‘grab and go kits.’
Before leaving for our recent trip, Richard and I attended a lecture on ‘Vancouver Island Earthquakes Past and Future’ by Dr. Stephen Earle. Here’s a summary of the notes that I took.
- B.C. is deemed to be a high-risk earthquake zone.
- Seismologists predict the movements of the Juan de Fuca and North American plates will one day result in a major earthquake on the West Coast, including Vancouver Island. We do not currently have enough information to predict how or when this might happen.
Recommended Earthquake Preparedness
- Know Your Zone (BC’s coastal communities are divided into five tsunami notification zones).
- Be aware of the risks.
- Map out where to go.
- Make a plan. (Be prepared to be on your own for a minimum of 72 hours.)
- Prepare your home.
- Stay Calm.
- Store emergency supplies and ‘grab bag.’ (There are many sample checklists available online to build your own kit. Here is the one that I used).
In conjunction with attending this lecture, I ordered a few emergency items from EarthQuakeBiz. They are a BC company that sells both pre-made emergency kits and individual emergency preparedness items. (I am not sponsored by them in any way). I was pleased with their range of options, prices, and quick delivery.
.There are numerous places that sell pre-made kits and deliver nationally/internationally. Or, as mentioned above, you could easily make your own or do a combination of the two.
Here are some additional resources that I found to be helpful.
Earthquake/Tsunami/Natural Disaster Information for Canadians/BC Residents include:
International Earthquake/Tsunami/Natural Disaster Information Include:
Are you aware of the earthquake/natural disaster risks in your area? Do you have a plan and an emergency kit in place? Do you have recommendations to add?