Earthquakes are common in many regions of BC, but the coastal area is especially susceptible. The San Andreas fault is the line between the Juan de Fuca plate and the North American plate which is the Cascadia subduction zone where the Juan de Fuca plate slides under the North American plate which can cause massive tsunamis and earthquakes that can destroy property all along the quake line.
When the region you live in is called the Pacific Ring of Fire, you need to take preparedness seriously. This site will delve into how to prepare for the worst when a serious earthquake occurs.
In my circumstance, I live in Abbotsford, which means that I am in a region that could be ravaged by a large earthquake which could result in destruction, death and the loss of essential needs such as power, access to food and shelter.
The location to the fault line means that when a major earthquake does happen it will be devastating. The quake could result in a tsunami that could push inland as far as Langley. The earthquake and the tremors thereafter would mean being as cautious as possible when assuming the worst is over.
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Making A Plan
This means that preparation. The first of which is identifying what the risks are and how to plan accordingly.
According to the Get Prepared website of British Columbia, making several lists is the best way to stay ahead of a big natural disaster.
Make a list of known numbers in case you lose access to your phone
Have a meeting spot for you and your loved ones in case of an emergency
Determine the best way and place to get up to date information on the fly
Know how your utilities operate to properly turn them off if needed.
Store emergency rations and a water supply that will last at least 1 week
Know how to properly secure your home in the event that there is damage to entrances.
Have an emergency grab-and-go bag ready and on hand in case of the unexpected.
This list is not necessarily comprehensive, but it is a great starting point for being prepared.
So what do you do if an emergency occurs? Find out next by clicking the arrow.