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As warmer weather embraces our communities, men, women and children are flocking to the beaches. Some are simply lying in the sun, trying to soak up the rays, while others are deep into a good book. Some are tossing frisbees and footballs. while others are bravely wading into the water for a dunk. A beach day is typically seen as one of the most relaxing and carefree ways to spend a summer day. What’s not … Read More


As summer approaches, more and more people books days out of their weekends to escape the city and find adventure on whatever forested slopes they can get to. For many people, a hike is a casual affair — a day trip involving a few snacks, maybe a bottle of water, and perhaps a backpack. Some people wear hiking boots. Others wear running shoes, or perhaps even flip flops. A lot of people hike as a … Read More


While one of the most important things to consider — before, during and after an emergency — is food and water and how you will ration it out best to survive as long as possible without outside help, another incredibly important survival factor to consider is communication. While trying to stay calm and help others, if you’re able, it’s best to find a source of outside communication as soon as you can. If you have … Read More


After an earthquake has happened, it is crucial to be as ready as possible for the following aftershocks. So many times, the aftershocks end up wreaking more havoc than the initial quake. Unfortunately, as was the case in Nepal recently, aftershocks often greatly hinder rescue efforts and so many people are left to try to survive as best they can, relying only on themselves. Often, it takes at least two weeks for communities to get … Read More


In light of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, we want to talk a little about the ins and outs of survival, once you’ve safely made it through the initial quake. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who are dealing with the disaster in Nepal right now — those who have been killed, injured, lost loved ones, and those who are still dealing with ongoing trauma. In earthquake prone areas, such as British Columbia where threat of “the big … Read More


  With so much time being spent in the workplace, it’s essential to know the ins and outs of the emergency preparedness infrastructure that may or may not be in place. If you take a look around and realize that the company you work for is not prepared, consider speaking up for the future safety of you and your coworkers. What can you do to integrate emergency preparedness procedures into your workplace culture? As always, … Read More


Since 1996, Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that spans the first full week of May, and focuses on raising awareness around the issue of emergencies and the importance of getting prepared. With Public Safety Canada coordinating the national event, each year, every province and territory does their part to get engaged. Here in British Columbia, multi-hazard agency plans are updated routinely to ensure an effective strategy is in place. To find out more … Read More


Whether you’re in elementary, middle or high school — or even at a post-secondary institution — the probability of an emergency happening is just as high as it is when you’re at home, where all of your emergency supplies are located. It’s not uncommon for students to spend almost as much — or more — time at school than they actually do at home! That’s why it’s so important to be prepared, wherever you are. … Read More


Spring — in Victoria and along most of the West Coast of British Columbia — is a generous season. Or at least, a season of generous rain! For your home garden, rain means food! Depending on your region, you’ll be able to start planting food sooner, or later. In Victoria, there are some foods — for example, broad beans and snap peas — that can be directly planted outdoors even in January! While the colder … Read More


  We were recently talking about taking stock and getting prepared while it’s quiet. If, indeed, you’re finding yourself with a little spare time on your hands, why not take your preparedness a step further? Did you know that about 57% of households in Canada include pets? We understand if you prioritize your human kids and other family first, but pets are important too — as we’re sure you’ll agree!   Because we know it’s … Read More


Take Stock and Get Prepared While it’s Quiet We have mentioned list-writing a number of times in recent posts because when planning for an emergency, writing lists could be the thing that saves your life! Today, we have another idea for a list you may want to write, in the spirit of getting prepared. And who knows — if you enjoy organizing — you might even find it fun! While it’s quiet, or while you’re in … Read More


Budgeting for Emergency Preparedness If you’re in the midst of an emergency, your kit of supplies will seem like the most important thing in the world. You’ll be beyond grateful for the time you took to prepare. And not just the time, but also the money you were willing to spend. Putting together a comprehensive emergency supply kit can be costly. If you’re still trying to decide how much you’re willing to spend, and how … Read More


Spring Cleaning, Part 2: Getting Creative Ideally, if a natural disaster strikes, we’re all prepared with everything we need, all our kits are up to date and all our equipment is in working condition. For tips on how to check through your kit, see our first article in this series Spring Cleaning, Part 1: Replacing Supplies. If there’s one thing we all learn pretty quickly about life, though, it’s that life is not made up … Read More


Spring Cleaning, Part 1: Replacing Supplies Now that we know the basics of what should be in an emergency kit, as detailed in our last article Get Prepared, Part 3: Organize a Kit, we can expand our scope, jump forward in time, and look at how long different types of supplies will last. Safe drinking water is essential to survival. Without it, humans perish in about 3 days, and if our drinking water is contaminated, we … Read More


Organizing a kit is just as important as realizing the risk and generating a plan. When doing so, it can be helpful to think in terms of needing to last self-sufficiently for at least a week. And this could very well be a seems-longer-than-it-actually-is period without access to power or tap water. Once you get together everything that you need, it’s equally important to make sure they are all organized in a way that you … Read More


To follow up on last week’s post outlining the necessity of realizing the risk in your region, Get Prepared, Part 1: Realize the Risk, we’ve prepared a checklist for your plan-generating convenience. When emergencies force themselves into our lives, we often aren’t given warning, or time to make a solid plan on the fly. That’s why it’s ideal to plan ahead. If you have children, it’s best to have a special family discussion, one that is updated … Read More