Rugged British Columbia
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:
- 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.
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.
You 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.