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earthquake houseI reside in Vancouver, BC and over the past week and a half there has been 3 recorded earthquakes along the BC coast.  The biggest one was rated at 7.7 in Haida Gwaii.  The earthquakes were all fairly far from me and I didn’t feel any of them but we have always been warned about the “Big One” that is suppose to happen sometime in the future.

I feel like I should probably be more prepared for earthquakes as I do live right near a fault line.  Here is a list of things to have ready so you are prepared for a earthquake. 

  • Cash (coins and paper money)
  • Flashlight
  • Portable radio
  • Spare batteries
  • Food that is easy to prepare and snacks
  • Can opener
  • Dinnerware (plates, utensils, cups)
  • 3-5 day supply of water (1 gallon of water per person per day)
  • Map of the area
  • Out of area emergency contact number
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Duct tape and a dust mask
  • Paper and pens
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Pocket or swiss army knife
  • Rope
  • Spare clothing, rain gear
  • Silver foil blankets
  • Spare glasses if you wear them
  • Waterproof matches
  • Whistle
  • Flares
  • Work gloves
  • Games or cards
  • Candles (tea lights are good)
  • Copies of your important documents such as insurance, mortgage papers and passports



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