Are You Ready? It’s Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergencies happen, and being unprepared won’t make things any easier. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can really help and give you piece of mind.

This week, May 1 to 7, is Emergency Preparedness Week and we want to make sure that you are in the know. Because of British Columbia’s mountains and coast lines, natural hazards such as avalanche, tsunami, earthquake, flood and landsides can happen. These hazards are obviously not in every part of the province but knowing which ones are common in your area will help you be better prepared.

Natural hazards can have a major impact on our roads. Often disasters can shut down highways and prevent in and out access for supplies and emergency vehicles. DriveBC is a great resource to let you know what roads have been affected by the disaster and which routes you can use while clean up is underway.

Unfortunately for us natural emergencies are not planned events and can happen while at home, work, school, on vacation or on the road, so everyone needs to be prepared. Here are a few tips to help make a plan:

  • Have a secondary point of phone contact outside the home area.
  • Have an internet point of contact in case phone lines are impacted.
  • Have a secondary meeting site should your route home be impacted.
  • Carry an emergency kit with all the basic necessary supplies in your home and vehicle.
  • Share your plan with family, friends and co-workers.

Are you prepared for an emergency? This week is a great opportunity to make sure. Visit this emergency preparedness site to get all the information you need to make your plan and build a kit.

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