Are you prepared?
In North Vancouver, there a number of possible hazards that could result in an emergency or disaster. These include flooding, severe weather, power outages, landslides, and earthquakes. Following an emergency, people are often able to remain in their home, but may not have electricity or water. It could be several days before help arrives. Do you have a plan? Do you have supplies?
Help prepare your family by following these steps:
Store Emergency Water: 4 litres per person per day, for a minimum of 3 days. Bottle water is recommended; it's a reliable source with a known expiry date.
Stock Up On Emergency Food: Have a minimum 3-day supply of ready-to-eat foods that don't require refrigeration or cooking. Don't forget the pet food!
Gather Emergency Supplies: Emergency kits should be customized to meet your families needs, but at a minimum should include a First Aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, battery powered radio, work gloves, personal sanitation supplies (garbage bags / moist towelettes), whistle, dust mask, and emergency cash in small denominations. Put it all together in one spot that is quickly and easily accessible.
Maker a Plan: Where will you meet? Who will pick up your children from school if you aren't able to get there? Make a plan with your family so you know where to meet if you are unable to communicate by phone.
Secure Your Home: Secure heavy items that may fall, and know where your utility shutoffs are (water, power, gas).
Engage: Get to know your neighbours. After a disaster the most immediate help will come from you and those directly around you.
Find about more about these and other important steps to by visiting: North Shore Emergency Management and PreparedBC.
Prepare your family for an emergency and help make our North Shore a resilient community!