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If you’re one of the Islanders who have not prepared an emergency kit, you’re not alone.

If you think about the possibility of an emergency (such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, or incident caused by human error) affecting you and your family – what have you done to prepare?

In a recent poll by Research Co., they have determined that only 49% of Island residents have purchased or prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need in case of an emergency – despite quoting that they are concerned about the possibility of being affected by potential emergencies.

Only 39% prepared an emergency plan that includes how to get in touch with family or friends in case of an emergency, and a mere 30% established a meeting place with family or friends in case of an emergency.

Research Co. President Mario Canseco says in a release, “In spite of the high level of concern expressed about an earthquake affecting the province, more than half of British Columbians have not put together an emergency kit.”

“Residents aged 35-to-54 are doing better on this particular matter (55% have an emergency kit) than those aged 18-to-34 (45%) and those aged 55 and over (39%).”

78% of Vancouver Island also believes that an earthquake strong enough to damage buildings is likely to occur in the next 50 years, and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Islanders also cite concerns over fires, high winds, intense rainfall, and even toxic spills. Heavy snowfall, tsunamis, landslides, floods and terrorist attacks also make the list.

Research Co.’s online survey was conducted between the dates of May 2nd and May 5th of this year, and surveyed 800 adults in British Columbia. All of their data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region the province.

 

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