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Are you emergency ready?

As B.C. prepares for the annual "Shakeout" earthquake drill, a new survey suggests only seven per cent of British Columbians are “emergency ready."

The Ipsos Reid and St. John Ambulance poll revealed 34 per cent of British Columbians rate their household’s overall level of emergency readiness as “excellent or good,” despite their lack of preparation.

Only seven per cent of respondents have created an emergency plan, purchased an emergency supply kit or trained in first aid and CPR.
 
“After receiving the survey results, we realized how few people are truly emergency ready in this province, and we needed to do more to make it easy for people. We created the www.SETforEMERGENCY.com website, which provides four easy steps to become emergency ready," said St. John's Sandy Gerber.
  
The survey found 64 per cent are most concerned about an earthquake or house fire, while 57 per cent fret about an extended power outage. 
 
"It is not enough for people to purchase a 72-hour emergency kit. To be really ready for any emergency, one needs to have an emergency plan, a kit of supplies, be trained to administer first aid and continue to maintain their supplies and skills for an emergency,” said Karen MacPherson, CEO of St. John Ambulance for B.C. and Yukon.

Thursday at 10:19 a.m., B.C. residents will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during the Great BC ShakeOut earthquake drill. Register your participation at at www.shakeoutbc.ca/register.



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