Photos: An essential earthquake survival kit for your home

 

B.C.'s Provincial Emergency Program recommends households keep an emergency kit on hand in case the big one hits British Columbia. Here are the items you should include in the kit. Store the kit in a secure place, ideally accessible from outside.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Shelter: A plastic tarp, a small tent, emergency ("space") blankets, or even some large garbage bags.</div>
 

Shelter: A plastic tarp, a small tent, emergency ("space") blankets, or even some large garbage bags.

Photograph by: Peter Battistoni, PNG files

 
<div id="page1">Shelter: A plastic tarp, a small tent, emergency ("space") blankets, or even some large garbage bags.</div>
First aid kit and instruction booklet. Also, essential medication and supplies for infants, elderly persons and those with special needs. Keep at least a one-week supply in your emergency kit. Include copies of prescriptions for your medicine and glasses.
Water: at least four litres of water per person, per day, in tight-lidded non-breakable containers. That's at least 12 litres per person for a three-day supply. If the water is still running, fill a bathtub and other containers. Remember, there's water available too in a hot water tank and toilet reservoir.
Keep a suply of non-perishable food handy, such as canned and dehydrated food, dried fruit and canned juices. Rotate periodically to keem them fresh. Remember a manual can opener.
Flashlight and spare batteries. Keep the flashlight near your bed. Batteries should be separate in your kit.
Battery AM/FM radio and spare batteries, stored seperately in waterproof bags.
Personal toiletry items, including toilet tissue, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush
Waterproof matches and candles. But don't use them if there are gas leaks or spilled flammable liquids.
Wrench (crescent or pipe) to turn off natural gas. Keep it in a handy place or in your emergency kit.
Class ABC fire extinguisher. Keep it in a handy location in your home, after testing according to directions.
Shoes heavy enough to protect from broken glass and other debris. Keep them handy, wherever you are.
Have sleeping bags on hand for each member of your family.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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