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Magnitude 2.6 Eathquake on August 23, 2013

If it had been worse, would you have been prepared?

Merritt, BC, August 26th, 2013-On Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9:26 p.m. the City of Merritt experienced a small earthquake, magnitude 2.6 – if it had been worse, would you have been prepared?

During the Shaking

  • If indoors, stay there. Drop, cover and hold. Get under a desk or table and hang on. Alternately, you can stand in an archway or corner.
  • If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines.
  • If in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a table. Do not use the elevators.
  • If driving, pull your car to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses or power lines. Remain inside until the shaking is over.
  • If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Move away from display shelves containing objects that may fall.
  • In all instances, drop, cover and hold; protect your head as much as possible.

Personal Preparedness

72 hours--is your family prepared? During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need.

Basic items you will need to survive for 72 hours:

  • Water - at least two litres of water per person per day (including small bottles that can be  carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
  • Food - that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace  the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put  them out before going to sleep)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones
  • A copy of your emergency plan including contact information

Recommended additional kit supplies:

It is always a good idea to have extra supplies on hand. Here are some recommendations:

  • A change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member
  • A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
  • Safety gloves
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves)
  • Small fuel-driven stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's directions and store properly)
  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

For more information about Earthquake preparedness click here »