EDITORIAL: Be quake-ready

Last week, more than 530,000 British Columbians practised “Drop, Cover and Hold On” techniques, simulating the proper behaviour in an earthquake.

While it’s hard to know how many Tri-City residents participated in the ShakeOut B.C. simulation on Oct. 20, there’s a good bet that most people — except for emergency responders, government workers and schools — ignored the preparedness exercise.

That’s too bad because The Great British Columbia Shakeout is a terrific opportunity to remember that Mother Nature can get cranky at a moment’s notice and the Lower Mainland is long overdue for the big quake.

But even though the opportunity for joining in a mass quake simulation is over, people can still practise the safety techniques any time at home and at work. This is also a great time to stock up on emergency supplies such as water and food, and make a plan to be self-sufficient for 72 hours should the region be hit by a devastating quake.

What do you think? Do you have emergency supplies to be self-sufficient for 72 hours in case of an earthquake? Vote in our online poll (scroll down, poll is on left side).


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