Basic kit courtesy of the government of Canada You may have some of these items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?
People need to be ready to stay normal when things are not normal. If people went into a panic about water, imagine what Vancouver and The Lower Mainland, GVRD would be like if the snow and cold followed a few days after an earthquake.
Here is a list of sites that I've found that have very good information about being prepared for emergencies. The opinions expressed on some of these sites deal with Survivalism and do not necessarily relect my own. Many sites have their own links section for more information.
Location: West End Community Centre - 870 Denman Street Date: Nov 21, 2006 Time: 7:00 PM
Registration Information: Phone: (604) 257-8333
Workshop Description: Emergencies and disasters can happen with little or no warning. Being prepared could save your life or the lives of others and significantly improve your quality of living in the aftermath.
I will cheerfully admit to feeling a little smug that some months ago, I laid in an emergency supply of drinking water--a total of 16 liters, which at current rates of consumption should keep me in coffee and herbal tea for some time yet.
I took this step as a response to an emergency preparedness workshop at my local library, put on by the City of Vancouver to help residents understand how to prepare for an earthquake or what-have-you. Highly recommended, by the way.
I used to store clean water in my used milk containers in my closet. I figured that is was a good idea. A roomate noted one day that it rain a lot here so why bother? I was unduely influcenced by that(shame on me).
When i moved from the place i left the water there. Well don't i wish i had it now?? I do have two "empty" milk containers in my kitchen. They were "supposed" to be filled with water. But they are not.
Even after boiling the water now and looking at the mirkiness of it. Things become (for lack of a better word) clear. It may be safe but my eyes say NO. i can't drink that. I can't use that to rinse my food. I can't, I can't.
I need to find what i can do. Here is a link that will help you to make clear water in your kitchen. I can make clear water, even though it is slow and tedious.
I can release my conditioning that tells me that anything but clear water is not drinkable.
I can use this event to show me how much we have and how much we take for granted.