Earthquakes: Essential Preparation

Earthquakes in British Columbia aren’t unheard of, in fact they are more prevalent than many realize. The Pacific Coast is the most earthquake-prone region of Canada. Nuera thought it would be helpful to provide you with some tips on how to be prepared for these quakes!

Have a plan!

Communication is so important and keeps everyone aware should disaster strike. What should your plan include?

  • A master list of family and emergency numbers. During times of wide spread emergency phone lines can be unreliable, using text messaging, email or social media is more reliable as data-based services are less likely to experience major interruptions.
  • A defined meeting place. Advance preparedness on this will leave nothing to question should you become separated from your family – or not be together at the time of an event. Determine a place that makes sense for you. If you have school aged kids, plan for what happens if you can’t get to their school or daycare.
  • Reminder to turn off utilities. Make sure everyone knows where utility valves/panels and shut offs are located and where a fire extinguisher is located.
  • A folder with important documents. You should keep copies of important paperwork, i.e. birth certificates, wills, passports, a recent family photo and insurance in a secure yet easily accessible location.
  • A 72 Hour Emergency Kit. Keep this kit in a location easily accessible and known to all family members.
You’ve got your plan now what?
  • Share it with your family — often!
  • Quiz your kids on it.
  • Remind your family of the meeting place.
  • Do a tour of the house with everyone present - review where items are kept.
Other things to consider doing if you live in an earthquake region:
  • Use safety hangers for pictures and mirrors.
  • Put non-skid, padded matting under breakable items like TVs.
  • Use childproof catches for cupboard doors.
  • Keep flammable items, toxic cleaners/chemicals etc. upright and away from heat.
  • Keep your valuable items in a fire-resistant place.
  • Put shatter resistant film on windows or install tempered glass.
What should a 72 Hour Emergency Kit contain?
  • Bottled water – 4 liters per person
  • Food – minimum of 3 days food that won’t spoil - canned or dried food and energy bars. **Don’t forget pet food if you have fur babies and jarred baby food if you have an infant.
  • Medication - prescription medications that any family members take.

At Nuera Insurance, we are here to make your world safer, healthier and happier. Make sure you have the essentials covered in the event of an earthquake.