Canadians across the country have been faced with disasters over the weekend, and into this week. A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of B.C.’s Haida Gwaii islands Saturday night, with aftershocks continuing early into the week. Meanwhile, communities in the northeast coast of the U.S. and parts of Canada are bracing themselves for Hurricane Sandy.
The Canadian Red Cross is urging Canadians take action and ensure they are prepared for emergency situations that may arise from a severe weather system or earthquake. The Red Cross advocates that families make a plan, build an emergency kit and be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours in any emergency that may cause power outages or forced evacuations. Visit www.redcross.ca/ready for a full list of items to have on hand.