Post 29 Earthquake – OMG What do I do if I am not home? What will my Family do?


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Answers to your Earthquake Preparedness Questions

The time to prepare is NOW – once the Earthquake STRIKES it will be too late.  Your family is counting on you! 
By Jackie Kloosterboer – Speaker, Trainer, 

Author – My Earthquake Preparedness Guide 

The 7.0 earthquake today in Anchorage  Alaska sure got me thinking. Based on the activity on Facebook and Twitter I think it has a lot of people thinking.  But what are they thinking about…..what are you thinking about?  I hope you are asking the questions I asked myself today.

Right now I am on the road and I am a lot closer to Anchorage than I am when I am in Vancouver.  I have been teaching Emergency Social Services Volunteers how to open a Reception Centre in the event of an emergency or disaster in Prince George.  

When I got the news of the Earthquake it really got me thinking about my family and I took a couple of minutes to answer the following questions.  I hope you have answers to these questions because your family is counting on you!

  • what if this earthquake had been in Vancouver and I am not home what would my family do?  
  • What if I couldn’t get home – what if the airport was closed to due to the Earthquake how would my family survive without me?  

I quickly check off the answers which are incorporated in my family Earthquake Plan, I take a deep breath and relax.  I am prepared, my family is prepared and we have thought this through on many occasions.  What about you – what would you do if you were on the road and your family was home alone facing an earthquake?

I encourage you to take this seriously, let this be your wake-up call and make sure you your family and pets are prepared.  There are a number of steps you can take to get prepared.

  1. Book a Survive-It Workshop!
  2. Check with your Community as many offer Earthquake Preparedness Sessions
  3. Go and purchase an Earthquake Kit  or put one together yourself.  Visit my website for a list of items that you need to store.
  4. Identify how you and your family would connect if phone lines were down.
  5. Practice what to do when the ground starts moving.
  6. Order a copy of my book My Earthquake Preparedness Guide which will take you step by step through the process on how to prepare your family and pets.

You have many options to get prepared – but you have to TAKE ACTION.  Thinking about it is not good enough. Make a promise to your family that this weekend you will take the first step to getting prepared.

The time to do it is now.  Once the earthquake strikes it will be too late…..and how will you explain that to your family.

Have questions – don’t hesitate to ask. Until next time – Stay safe and make sure you, your family and pets are prepared for earthquakes or any disaster that may come your way.

Jackie Kloosterboer – BIO
Jackie Kloosterboer has been leading the way in earthquake preparedness for 2 decades presenting more than 100 Earthquake Preparedness workshops each year to a variety of groups and businesses. She is often interviewed by media outlets across Canada as she promotes the importance of earthquake and disaster preparedness.
As an Emergency Preparedness Specialist and an Instructor with the Justice Institute of BC Jackie travels across Canada teaching people how to respond to disasters to help those who have been displaced. Throughout British Columbia Jackie has taken on leadership roles assisting those who have been impacted by disaster.

Contact Jackie to speak at your next group or business event to help you, your family, your staff and pets get prepared for earthquakes or whatever disaster comes your way. Jackie will lead you through the necessary steps helping you identify what is important to you and your family or business.  

To reach Jackie with any questions or to book her for your next event contact her at or call (604) 355-2414.

Jackie is available for:
  • Earthquake Preparedness Workshops
  • Preparedness Plans
  • In-Home Walk-Throughs
  • Preparedness Kits
  • Media Interviews

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