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As it is every year, Emergency Preparedness Week will be recognized across Canada from May 7 to May 13. This year, the theme is plan, prepare and be aware! You can be aware, prepare and plan by keeping up to date on the current conditions in your area, such as the weather. Another part of being aware is spreading the word! If we each consider it our personal responsibility to share our knowledge with others, … Read More


Recently, we saw a comment on one of our social media pages that read, “Just go bum stuff off my mom in Metchosin… She’s got everyone covered!” Now, while we wouldn’t want to encourage you to ditch your own emergency preparations or rely on someone else to have your back if a disaster should strike, this does bring up an important reminder. It’s important to be aware of our surroundings, our community, and the resources … Read More


When faced with a disaster, you might imagine that your plan of action should be to immediately get away from physical danger as soon as possible… and you wouldn’t be wrong. But today, we want to talk a little about physical danger that might not be visible at first: specifically, the stress that emergencies and disaster can cause you. Life can be overwhelming even in the day-to-day so can you imagine how your body might … Read More


Since it is officially spring time in Canada, it’s about time for the snow to take a hint and take a hike—am I right? But seriously, with so much snow melting in the coming weeks, it’s an opportune time for you to remind yourself of how best to deal with flooding. Did you know that flooding has been Canada’s most expensive hazard to date in terms of property damage? It’s impossible to completely flood-proof your … Read More


It’s easy to say that getting prepared for an emergency is important, but what about when you simply don’t have the funds to make it happen—at least not today? “On a budget” is always going to be a buzzword—and for good reason! With products and accessibility increasing daily, it’s up to each one of us, individually, to create our own priorities. For myself, I imagined that I’d just survived a sizeable earthquake in Victoria, British … Read More


In February, hundreds of people were stranded in their cars for about 12 hours on the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia. The highway was shut down due to freezing rain and treacherous conditions. One among many of British Columbia’s highways that were shut down this winter. Unfortunately for those traveling the Coquihalla that day, the closure was put into effect at about 6pm, forcing them to stay in their cars overnight. Officials had announced just … Read More


Whether or not you were a girl guide, a brownie, a cub or a scout during any part of your childhood, a love of adventure is an essential attitude for embracing the fullness of life. I’m sure many of you agree that adventure and discovery is what makes life worth living. If you’re looking to create survival kits with a group of kids—whether they’re your own children or a classroom full of students—it’s wonderful to … Read More


Although emergency supplies are created to be durable and lasting, it’s imprudent to think that once you’ve bought an emergency kit, you’re home free. Once you’ve bought or put together a kit, you are on your way to a safer future, but it’s important to remember that some of your emergency items will expire. And it’s not just food that will expire! Below are some common emergency supplies and their average shelf lives: Light sticks … Read More


After a disaster like an earthquake, a wildfire or a hurricane financial difficulties, injuries, and upheaval can cause a lot of ongoing psychological and emotional stress. After a disaster, it’s important to acknowledge your feelings—and know that it’s normal to feel profound sadness, grief, anger and anxiety about your safety. Everyone copes a little differently, so it’s important to have grace and patience for yourself. One way to work toward healing is to focus on … Read More


In our most recent post, we talked about disaster recovery and gave some specific safety tips for when you’re returning home after a disaster. Today, we want to share some thoughts about finding assistance after a disaster. As we shared in our last post, it’s continually important after a disaster to closely monitor your local news stations through radio, television and websites. You should hear about emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance … Read More


Last week, we began a mini-series on disaster recovery, and today we want to go over the 2nd item in our list: returning home after a disaster. Returning home after a disaster can be challenging in a number of ways. During a disaster, your adrenaline levels will spike. You may not notice discomfort or tiredness—you may even feel numb—while things are happening rapidly around you. But once everything calms down and you can think again, … Read More


In the upcoming weeks, we want to share a short series on Disaster Recovery! We’ll be talking about what happens in the aftermath—once the disaster has been brought “under control”—and connecting you with some helpful resources. We’ll be talking about… Health & Safety Guidelines Returning Home Seeking Disaster Assistance Coping with Disaster, on a Psychological Level Today, we want to guide you through some basic health and safety rules to follow after a disaster—whether it’s … Read More


When you’re thinking about emergency preparedness, it can be helpful to break down the elements of preparedness into categories based on priority. Like so: Water Food Heat Shelter Light Communication First Aid Sanitation However, just because sanitation is listed last doesn’t mean that it’s not important! On the contrary, creature comforts can increase your mental fortitude during a crisis, and that’s priceless. During an emergency situation—whether you’ve been through an earthquake, a tornado, a flood … Read More


When you are building an emergency kit, you want to ensure that you have enough nutritious food to be self-sufficient for up to 2 weeks! That’s at least 1200 calories per day, per person. Of course, depending on your size and activity level, you may want to add more. You want to keep your energy and your strength up so that you can face whatever hardships lie ahead with the best of your ability! You … Read More


For many of us living in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island, the season’s snowstorms have felt like a freak of nature! Especially here in the Greater Victoria area, many of us treat February like the beginning of spring. In years past, we’ve been spoiled by white and pink cherry blossoms spilling all over the sidewalks and streets. This year, however, those sweet treats may be delayed by a week or two. As the … Read More


While we firmly believe that Emergency Preparedness should be a top priority, sometimes when the sun’s out and life seems too happy to include disasters, making the choice to start an emergency kit can be a tough decision. We get it. And while we also believe that it’s a good idea to bite the bullet and get preparing anyway, we understand why you might want to do it on a budget! Thankfully, you’re not alone. … Read More