It may be Emergency Preparedness week, but a new survey by Ipsos Reid issued by St. John Ambulance shows British Columbians aren’t really prepared when disaster strikes.
The survey shows 34 per cent of British Columbians rated their household’s level emergency readiness as “excellent or good.”
But in reality, only seven per cent are emergency ready in the technical sense.
St. John Ambulance marketing director for B.C., Sandy Gerber, explains.
“What they are not doing to be fully emergency ready is four stages we have outlined. The first is a plan, a second is to build a kit, the third is to train, if you have a kit, you have to know how to use the supplies. A lot of people in B.C. are just not trained. And the fourth piece is maintaining the kit in their supplies.”
Gerber adds only two in 10 people in B.C. have an emergency kit in their vehicles, a statistic she says is worrying.
“I find [it] really shocking, because we spend so much time in cars and with traffic and weather conditions like on the Coquihalla and other similar scenarios.”
She says a basic emergency kit includes enough water, food and cash to last for at least 72 hours.