Earthquake Preparedness and Safety Tips

Dec 19 2017, 4:36 pm

“Approximately 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada each year, and around 1,200 of these occur in British Columbia alone. While these earthquakes are small and largely undetected, it is predicted that B.C. will experience a major earthquake at some point, with the province’s coastal region considered to be the most high-risk zone.

Since no one can predict with certainty when an earthquake will happen, it is important to be prepared. RSA, one of Canada’s leading insurers offer some helpful tips to help protect your family and your property.”

Get Prepared before an Earthquake Happens

  • “Discuss with your family what could happen during an earthquake and what you should do to stay safe in various situations (at home, at school, at work, etc.);
  • Know the safe spots in each room ― against walls, under tables, desks, doorways or archways; and,
  • Prepare an emergency kit for all family members and pets containing food, water, a flashlight, a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, prescription medications, a first aid kit, blankets or sleeping bags and clothing. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (or three days.)

Stay Safe during the Shaking

  •  “If indoors, stay there and employ the drop, cover and hold method. Get under a desk or table or stand in an archway or corner and protect your head as best you can. Stay away from windows;
  • If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines. If driving, pull over and stop. Avoid overpasses, bridges, tunnels and power lines. Stay inside your vehicle until the shaking is over; and,
  • If you are in an elevator when an earthquake occurs, press every button and get out as soon as you can.”

“An earthquake happens without warning, it’s important to plan ahead for the worst case scenario so that you know how to stay safe during the earthquake and take care of yourself after the shaking.”

Feature image credit: Emergency Management B.C.

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