B.C. earthquake a 'wake-up call' for emergency preparedness

The owner of a survival and first aid company says the 4.3-magnitude earthquake that hit British Columbia's South Coast served as a "wake-up call" for local residents to become prepared for an emergency situation.

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Brian Fong of Burnaby, B.C.-based 72 Hours said the company's emergency kits are on backorder following last Tuesday's earthquake.

Fong said orders for the kits started pouring in hours after the earthquake struck near Victoria, B.C.

"We hear people say they've been meaning to get prepared and they've procrastinated, and this was the wake-up call," Fong told CTV Vancouver on Monday.

The company's one-person backpack survival kit includes a five-day supply of food, a six-day supply of water, a large blanket, a rain poncho, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio and a first aid kit, among other items.

The Canadian Red Cross says being prepared for an emergency means the ability to be self-sufficient in your home for 72 hours. The agency recommends that families have a plan on where to meet or check-in with each other following an emergency, and are aware of the location of an emergency kit and water supply.


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