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Top 10 essentials for your earthquake kit

Thousands of British Columbians are expected to ‘drop, cover and hold on’ today as part of ShakeOut B.C., an annual province-wide earthquake drill. Organizers recommend members of the public also put together earthquake kits, and the CBC’s Catherine Rolfsen went shopping for the essentials.

Province-wide ShakeOut Day drills are being held at 10:17 a.m PT today

Thousands of British Columbians are expected to ‘drop, cover and hold on’ today as part of ShakeOut B.C., an annual province wide earthquake drill.

In addition to participating in a drill, organizers recommend members of the public put together earthquake kits, and the CBC’s Catherine Rolfsen went shopping for the essentials.

10 Essentials for your Earthquake Kit

  1. Water — At least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  2. Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
  3. Manual can opener
  4. Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  5. Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) 
  6. First aid kit
  7. Extra keys to your car and house
  8. Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  9. A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  10. If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

What are you doing to mark B.C. ShakeOut Day? Share your earthquake prep plans with other CBC News readers in the comments section below.

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