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:

* How to build an emergency kit:

* Household preparedness guide:

* Household emergency plan:

* Neighbourhood preparedness guide:

* Guide for people with disabilities:

* Pet preparedness guide:

* Guide for apartments, condos and townhomes:

* More detailed preparedness and safety information is available on:
* floods:

* power outages:

* landslides:

* severe weather:

* wildfire:

* earthquakes:

For tips on how to prepare, follow PreparedBC on Twitter:

For emergency alerts and notices, follow Emergency Management BC on Twitter: