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An earthquake hit southern British Columbia just before midnight Tuesday, rattling buildings, shaking beds and swaying light fixtures. There were no reports of damage or injuries but hopefully it was a wake-up call to inspire you to update your emergency preparedness kit.

I have compiled a list of resources that will help you and your family become better prepared. If you have any links or information that you think would be a useful addition to this post please leave a comment.

Vancouver’s Emergency Preparedness Program offers workshops and videos to help you become better prepared.

Vancouver Emergency Social Services a volunteer program which helps with the various needs of evacuees in a disaster or emergency situation. Services include food, clothing, lodging, personal services, family reunification for evacuees, personal services and other specialized needs in a disaster.

Business owners and individual volunteers may be able to participate in their program by provide services and resources to people evacuated from their homes during an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness Booklet: This guide explains in detail the steps Canadians should take to become better prepared for emergencies. Included are a Family Emergency Plan template and list of emergency kit items.