Be prepared: what to expect after an earthquake

Natural disasters don't tend to be uppermost in our minds here on the Lower Mainland. We don't normally see the hurricanes of the East Coast or the wild fires of the B.C. interior, but that doesn't mean we should push catastrophic events out of our minds.

One disaster that certainly shouldn't take up residence at the very back of our thoughts is the long-anticipated major earthquake. BC Quake Premium Survival Supplies, a local family-owned disaster preparedness company, offers earthquake preparedness kits to keep you and your family safe, hydrated, and nourished after an earthquake.

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1.     Emergency response time

According to the City of Vancouver's disaster preparedness advice, City services may be affected for at least 72 hours after a major earthquake, possibly delaying emergency response times. Make sure that your emergency preparedness includes being self-sufficient for at least this length of time, longer if possible.

 

2.     Possible building damage

Wood structures handle earthquakes better than stone or concrete, but around 80 percent of houses built before the 1970s may not have been constructed to withstand a seismic event. It's quite possible that you might not be able to re-enter your home after an earthquake. Make sure your emergency preparedness kit includes some kind of shelter to protect you and your family from the elements.

BC Quake Premium Survival Supplies includes a small cube tent and blankets to keep your family warm and out of the rain or cold.

 

3.     Prolonged exposure to the elements

During an earthquake, the danger is from falling objects such as bookcases, artwork, ceiling fans, as well as imploding windows. But when the earthquake is over, staying warm and out of the elements is crucial. Don't underestimate the effect of the earthquake trauma and living outside in rain or cold on the human psyche and health. Dehydration is a real concern as it can result in dizziness, confusion, and a lack of concentration and focus at a time when you will need all your mental faculties.

 

4.     Value of an earthquake kit

An earthquake kit can supply peace of mind as well as many of the items you'll need if you can't re-enter your home for an extended period of time. BC Quake Premium Survival Supplies have several different kits depending on your requirements. Perhaps you're the outdoorsy type who already has a tent and a camping stove. But if not, there are kits to provide you with shelter, warmth, nutrition, and a means to purify water for drinking and cooking.

“A well prepared earthquake kit is the starting point for preparing for an earthquake, however having a plan in place amongst your immediate family or friends is essential as we won’t be able to rely on our cell phones or possibly even our roads and bridges immediately after the quake” says Brett Johnston Owner of BC Quake. “You really need to be prepared to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours if not longer and that’s going to include having the right food and medical equipment you might need at the ready”.

For more information on BC Quake Premium Survival Supplies and their products, call 604.945.0001, visit the website, email, or stop by their location at 107 – 1320 Kingsway Ave., Port Coquitlam. BC Quake can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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