The department says now is the time to look at what each of us can do next time.
“In a real emergency or disaster, the 911 system will probably falter.”
A major disaster could bring the whole system down
Surrey Deputy Fire Chief Karen Fry admits it’s not perfect, but that’s what happens in an emergency.
“We try to educate the public as much as possible about being self-sustainable. People should be able to survive without power or connection to the outside world for up to 72 hours.”
Fry says BC Hydro just doesn’t have the capacity to get power restored everywhere in four hours, and if they did, we wouldn’t be able to afford it.
The BC Government’s emergency preparedness website PreparedBC provides disaster readiness information, including emergency kits, readying your home and important contact information. They also have a survey that people can take to find out how prepared they are, and what they need to do to ensure they can cope for 72 hours in the event of a major disaster.