Pandemic’s long lineups prove many aren’t ready for major emergency, preparedness expert says

By Chad Pawson · CBC News

‘It really makes you think about what would happen in an earthquake,’ Jackie Kloosterboer says

Jackie Kloosterboer, an emergency planner with the City of Vancouver, fears many residents aren’t prepared for a major emergency. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

For 15 years, Jackie Kloosterboer has worked for the City of Vancouver to help convince residents that there’s no time like the present when it comes to being prepared to deal with a major emergency such as an earthquake.

The pandemic has provided her with insights into how prepared — or unprepared — people might be.

“Seeing people waiting in line to get the essentials really makes you think about what would happen in an earthquake,” she said about the springtime rush on toilet paper and other essentials needed to hunker down at home.

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