Province encourages commitment to emergency preparedness

EMERGENCY Management BC (EMBC) urges British Columbians to make a commitment to better prepare themselves and their families for possible emergencies. Start by building an emergency kit and developing a household plan that individuals and families can practise throughout the year.

A home emergency kit does not take a long time to create and does not need to be expensive. Just follow the basic list below, and remember to store 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 (inverter or solar charger)

* Cash in small bills

* A local map with a family meeting place identified

* A minimum three-day supply of food and water, but aim for a week to two weeks.

* Garbage bags

* Dust mask

* Seasonal clothing and footwear

* Water (minimum of four litres of water per person, per day)

Make a 2019 New Year’s resolution to prepare for a disaster before it strikes.

 

Learn More:

For more information on how to get prepared, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC

* How to build an emergency kit: http://ow.ly/QbL830mWTEL

* Household preparedness guide: http://ow.ly/7FqY307cqXV

* Household emergency plan: http://ow.ly/TSqL307cr4o

* Neighbourhood preparedness guide: http://ow.ly/l7CM30mWTMe

* Guide for people with disabilities: http://ow.ly/sGmg30mWTOI

* Pet preparedness guide: http://ow.ly/Q8Ba30mWTRZ

* Guide for apartments, condos and townhomes: http://ow.ly/ZRqk30mWTVF

* More detailed preparedness and safety information is available on:
* floods: http://ow.ly/5E2T307crEv

* power outages: http://ow.ly/5GoW307crNW

* landslides: http://ow.ly/CJZH307cs1a

* severe weather: http://ow.ly/bJ99307cs9w

* wildfire: http://ow.ly/wJ9r30mXV9t

* earthquakes: http://ow.ly/rJ7630mXV8s

For tips on how to prepare, follow PreparedBC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PreparedBC

For emergency alerts and notices, follow Emergency Management BC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC

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