SOME TIPS FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Water and non-perishable food are key resources in an emergency situation (you should prepare for being self-sufficient for at least 72 hours). Other safety supplies should be kept in more than one location around both the home (or in a secure location outside of the house if possible) and also at work if you can.
Don’t assume you will have use of cell phones (following the New Zealand quake cell phones were not able to be used for several days after the initial quake). If you can, it’s a good idea to have a telephone number ready of someone out of the province (and all in your family agree on who that contact person will be), as long distance calls are actually easier to connect with after a disaster.
If you can agree on your family’s plan of action BEFORE disaster strikes, you should be able to avoid some panic.
It is a good idea to agree on a safe place (outside, and on higher ground) to meet with family members in case of emergency. Remember though that you will probably not be able to stay at this one place for hours on end. Think about choosing a time of day, each day, that you will meet up at your pre-agreed location so that you do not use up all your energy trying to locate your family members. By taking these measures you can avoid some of the panic that could arise after a major disaster.
The PAC has an annual budget to assist the school in renewing their earthquake supplies, such as blankets and water.
Don’t forget to keep your own family earthquake kit and other essential supplies stocked so you and your family can be prepared in the eventuality of an earthquake.