Contest! St. John Ambulance prepares Vancouver for EP Week
To mark Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week, running May 3 – 9, 2015, St. John Ambulance is urging Vancouverites to take safety into their own hands and get emergency ready with the launch of their dedicated emergency preparedness blog, 15 Easy Steps to Emergency Preparedness at EmergencyReady.ca.
The blog will feature new content every day, for 15 days, as well as guest blogs from the City of Vancouver, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Parenting Facilitator, and a pet expert, covering everything from how to identify and reduce household hazards, to how to discuss emergency preparedness with your family with practical tips and advice on preparing for the unexpected.
Just earlier this year an Earthquake Consultation Report released by Emergency Management BC stated â€œmore must be done at the individual level, and at all levels of government if BC is going to be adequately prepared for a major earthquake or other catastrophic disasterâ€.
According to RenÃ© Bernstein, director of marketing for St. John Ambulance British Columbia and Yukon, being prepared is all about feeling empowered and the more prepared you are, the lower your anxiety will be in an emergency situation.
â€œYou only need one good reason to make emergency preparedness a priority, but we all have many reasons â€“ whether itâ€™s family, a pet or friends. Yet we know that many feel overwhelmed when it comes to preparing for an emergency. For example, in a survey release last year, just five per cent of Vancouverites say they feel very well prepared for an emergency,â€ Ms Bernstein said.
â€œThe truth is, we all have the ability to do something because itâ€™s up to each individual in their community to be ready for the unexpected. We want people to feel confident about emergency preparedness so we developed 15 Easy Steps to Emergency Preparedness which provides people with easy and actionable items like downloadable practical exercises and shopping lists.â€
At EmergencyReady.ca, emergency preparedness is broken down into 15 bite-sized activities, taking the reader through the process of identifying risks, making an emergency plan and preparing an emergency kit.
The activities are designed to prepare British Columbians for the emergency situations most common in this province, including:
- Extreme weather events
- Power outages
- Earthquakes and tsunamis
- Backcountry accidents
- Landslides and avalanches
- Chemical spills and releases
â€œBecause an emergency is unexpected by nature, it is often assumed that itâ€™s not possible to prepare for it â€“ this is simply not the case. The 15 Easy Steps to Emergency Preparedness blog at EmergencyReady.ca is something everyone should get involved in,â€ Ms Bernstein said.
St. John Ambulance is a leader in first aid and safety training, and also provides emergency response support in the event of a disaster or major emergency as part of the organizationâ€™s community service program.
We have partnered up with St. John Ambulance to give away a home emergency preparedness kitÂ (valued at $83.95) to one lucky fan.
Great idea to spread awareness. I have a small, make shift one but I need something like this.
We can never be prepared enough, living on the fault line as we do. I’m all for having a kit and being Emergency Ready :)
No we don’t but really should have one , you can never be too ready :) thanks for the chance :)
I don’t have one but would love to receive one.
Open to all of Canada?
No I dont have a kit at home but with the recent earthquakes I’m really getting concerned about my lack of preparedness..
I don’t have a kit, but I really need one
I do not.. but it’s definitely on our list now!
A mini one an old fashioned can opener and a flashlight
I don’t have it complied as I should, but there is some emergency stuff all over the house…it’s just a matter of finding it in the dark!
I have one kit that is only half complete. We’ve put off finishing it unfortunately.
No we don’t.
NO, but we have one in the car!
No we don’t but I know we should.
No, we do not have an EP at home.
No, I have a box with some bandaids
No I don’t
I’ve got some camping gear about and some materials in the car – but have been meaning to assemble a proper kit for ages.
no i don’t have one like this one
I do not
No, we don’t.
I have some stuff set aside, but not a full kit.
I don’t have a kit but I should!