This post is reminiscent of Cher, The Eagles and KISS, and so many other bands who never can say good-bye. (Ahh, but only if the cash flowed into my coffers as easily as it does for their boomerang acts, but that’s another topic! )
You may have heard that the earth moved in a very big way this past weekend. The earthquake, which occurred off the coast in Northern British Columbia, registered 7.7 on the Richter Scale. That was big and close enough to propel B.C. residents into action—specifically, to assemble their emergency grab-and-get-the-h***-out kit.
The papers have been full of stories of stampeding shoppers rushing to void the shelves of the suggested necessities for survival should/if/when the “Big One” hits. As someone who takes that threat seriously, I’m glad that this test run has spurred previously complacent people into action.
Regardless of where you live, natural and man-made disasters can erupt at any time. Just in Case the edict to evacuate occurs when you are not “conveniently” at home, it is especially important to have some necessities with you. I am gathering other items to augment the essentials that I’ve stored in my car.
The stress of a disaster could initiate a flare-up, so make sure that you are as well prepared as possible; although an emergency is unpredictable at best, you can mitigate some of your anxiety by developing a plan and practising it.
During a disaster, such as an earthquake, strength is required; mental and emotional fortitude will enable you to navigate the rubble and disorganization that ensues. However, physical strength is a necessity; the able-bodied may have difficulty turning off the gas or escaping from a home when the door frame has shifted. Imagine how much more vulnerable people are when they struggle with mobility. (Do you have a neighbourhood plan? See resources, below.)
This is a good time to mind your pees – plan, purchase, prepare, practise and participate. (Remember
Fido, er Holly, too.)
- Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities
- Your Emergency Preparedness Guide
- Basic Emergency Kit
- Emergency Management BC.
Not in B.C. or Canada? Check out your government pages for information specific to your area.