Likely BC Disasters

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We live in a province that is unique in its geography and weather conditions so being prepared should be treated differently than other places in the world.  It is unlikely we will experience a tornado, but likely we will be struck with a major earthquake.  It is unlikely we will be snowed under (well at least in Southern BC), but likely we will experience a major power outage.

Here are the most likely natural and unnatural disasters that could affect us here in BC:

  • Wildfires
  • Earthquakes and possibly Tsunami.
  • Extreme weather conditions: snow storm, high winds, extreme rainfall.
  • Power grid failure and prolonged power outages.
  • Ebola, Avian Flu, H1N1, Measles and other pathogen outbreaks.
  • Water contamination (unprotected watersheds).
  • HazMat disasters (like Vancouver Port leak).
  • Terrorist attack.
  • Flooding or house fire.
  • Financial collapse.
  • Food, water, and fuel shortages.

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Here are some likely emergencies you and your family could experience personally:

  • Loss of job/income.
  • Loss of investments due to market crash or bad advice.
  • Family member injured or sick (or death).
  • House fire or flooding.
  • Burglary and/or vandalism.
  • Injury or major car accident.

Family-Emergency-Plan-CoverYou need an unique plan (or sub-plan) for each different scenario:

  • Start with the most likely disaster/emergency.
  • Write a plan and share it with your family.
  • Practice the plan especially if it involves escape from the home.
  • Refine the plan as you go and involve your friends and neighbours.
  • Start on the next plan.
  • Review and refine your plans often.

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