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Post 26 - Earthquake Preparedness - Where do I put my bed?
Posted on Saturday November 11, 2017

Answers to your Earthquake Preparedness Questions




The time to prepare is NOW – once the big one STRIKES it will be too late.  Your family is counting on you! 

By Jackie Kloosterboer – Speaker, Trainer, 
Author – My Earthquake Preparedness Guide 

QUESTION: My bedroom has a lot of glass - where do I put my bed?


A young lady in the front row of my presentation raised her hand.  She looked at me and asked - I don't know what to do.  My bedroom has a lot of glass and there is nowhere to put my bed that doesn't have glass. I can't move - this is my bedroom and it needs a bed. What do I do?


I knew exactly what she was talking about as I had experienced the same dilemma many years ago. I remember moving into my YaleTown 500 square foot apartment on the 24th floor. The city sea view was gorgeous and I could hardly wait to move in.  

Finally it was moving day.  The movers were bringing my bed in to the apartment as I was trying to decide the best layout of my kitchen.  They placed the bed in the bedroom, I paid them and then were gone.  There job was done - but mine was just about to begin.

I walked into my bedroom and my jaw dropped and heart sank.  Like the young lady in my audience I had a major problem. My bed was underneath the window and there was nowhere else it could go. 

The only wall without windows had my closet and I needed access to that. I sat on my bed and thought if through.  Unfortunately, there were not many options in this situation. 

My mind was racing and I could see the headlines in the Province Newspaper.  Emergency Planner killed by broken glass. This was not turning into a good situation. Like the young lady I couldn't move - I had just moved in.  

And then it hit me - I had come up with a brain wave. What if I bought a pair of heavy curtains and hung those up over the window. Would that work?

It was not the best idea but in this situation it was the best idea. This would better protect me from breaking glass when the earthquake happened. It was not a perfect solution but it was significantly better than being injured by broken glass.  The perfect solution was to not have my bed under the window.    

As you start to prepare your homes, you are going to come across situations where you may not be able to get it perfect - but keep in mind, there is always something you can do to make it safer for you, your family and pets. 

Keep taking action to ensure your home is prepared for whatever disaster comes your way. 

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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.

As Always BE PREPARED - NOT SCARED!

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 jackie@survive-it.ca 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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Post 25 - Earthquake Preparedness - Water - We can't Survive Without it!!!!
Posted on Thursday April 27, 2017



Water - We Can't Survive Without It!!!!

by Jackie Kloosterboer

Earthquake Preparedness Specialist, Speaker, Trainer 


Author – My Earthquake Preparedness Guide 


Water!  We can't survive without it - yet many of us don't bother to store the required amounts of water we will need following a disaster. Teaching a Lunch & Learn Earthquake Preparedness Session for a business downtown Vancouver, I asked the audience of 35 how much water people need to store to be considered prepared for an earthquake or disaster. The numbers were all over the place. Very few knew the correct answer. What about you - how much water do you need to store for yourself and your family to be prepared?

I am hoping you said 4 Litres or 1 gallon of water per person per day. That is a lot of water but think about what you use water for - you drink it, brush your teeth, wash your face and hands, cook with it just to mention a few. In the summer, we may need even more and don't forget your pets - they need water too!  We all need water to survive.

I can stand on my soapbox and tell you time and time again the importance of water. I know some of you will go and get the water your family needs, some of you may already have enough water to support your family, but many of you will intend to get water but unfortunately that day will never happen. We are busy, we have too much on our plate and getting earthquake supplies falls off the plate.   I know, I see it all the time. 

One of the stumbling blocks with being prepared is where to keep your supplies. The biggest complaint I hear from city dwellers who live in small apartments is I don't have the room - I hardly have enough room for me.  

I have a solution for you - read on.  Cleaning out my kitchen cupboards I found 2 water bottles and the idea hit me. What if people filled up their empty water bottles with water and kept them in the fridge rather than stored away in a cupboard. I think it’s safe to say we all have more water bottles than we need.  That way you have access to water. It’s not perfect - you should still have 4L or 1 gallon per person per day - but it’s a step in the right direction.  

I really wish you would get to your store and get the required amounts of water you and your family need but this is a good start.

So, I challenge those of you who are not yet prepared. Fill up those empty water bottles in the back of your cupboard with water and the empty space you gained by now storing the water bottles in your fridge - load that space up with earthquake supplies you may need.  

Even better, commit to getting the required amount of water you, your family and pets will need. Once facing an earthquake - it will be too late.  The time to prepare is now!!!


As Always BE PREPARED - NOT SCARED!

     


Jackie Kloosterboer - BIO

Jackie has been leading the way in earthquake preparedness for 2 decades presenting more than 100 Earthquake Preparedness sessions each year to a variety of groups and businesses. She is often interviewed by a variety of 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 better prepare you, your family, your staff and pets 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.  

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

www.survive-it.ca



jackie@survive-it.ca
604-355-2414





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Book Jackie to speak to your business or group and she will lead you through the necessary steps so you, your family and pets will be ready when the "Big One" strikes whether you are home or at work.  Failing to plan is planning to fail.

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