Post 30 – Birch Bay Windstorm and Flooding – December 2018


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

Author – My Earthquake Preparedness Guide 

Earthquakes have been my area of expertise for over 20 years – teaching people like you  how to prepare your family and pets, how to better survive an earthquake or whatever disaster comes your way.

Yesterday this message was once again confirmed.  If you, your family and pets are ready for an Earthquake you will be ready for whatever disaster comes your way.
Birch Bay, like many coastal communities in BC and Washington State were ravaged with  massive windstorms that caused widespread damage  – flooding, trees down, extensive power outages to name a few.  Birch Bay a small community was hit hard. Windows were blown out of restaurants, the main road was closed due to damage and covered in logs from the beach, trees were down closing other roads – making access to homes difficult.

As I was standing there watching the waves crash against the main street it really brought home the importance of being prepared. Unlike many families, we were able to access our place in Birch Bay, there was a bit of a detour,  but at least we could.
Its also interesting the reaction people have to disaster events. A common phrase I hear teaching Earthquake Preparedness Sessions is it will never happen hear. Everyone I spoke to uttered the same phrase –  I can’t believe it, I have never seen anything like it.  Wow – what are we going to do?  People and residents were in shock watching these waves devour their comminity, thier homes and livelihoods.

The Key Message is the same – Disaster can Happen and they Do Happen.  What are you going to do to get you, your family and pets ready for a disaster.  It could be an earthquake, it could be a flood or fire. We don’t know – but what we do know is those who are prepared will better survive whatever disaster comes their 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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