Sunday, October 28, 2012
We Missed The Big Quake!
Last night we had a nice evening cozy by the fireplace, candles burning, watching scary movies (Rosemary's Baby) and shows about haunted houses on the PVR. Apparently we missed the "Second Largest Earthquake to hit Canada Since 1949". Last night at 8pm a 7.7 earthquake hit on the Haida Gwaii Islands, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, about 1000 km from here.
According to news reports we should have had our nickers shaken - we felt nothing. We were oblivious to the Tsunami warning afterward as well, cozy snug in our beds. That is until my slightly senile 80 year old Mother-in-law who lives in Alberta called early Sunday Morning asking about the storm and were we ok. I thought she was talking about Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast as she has quite vague rememberings of geography class from 70 years ago (we live on the West Coast for those not familiar with Canada). She was actually talking about Tsunami warnings and as we were totally oblivious we assured her we were fine.
I got up, put my fuzzy slippers on, and made a cup of tea ready to read my Sunday blogs. Went to check my email and noticed the "7.7 EARTHQUAKE ON BC COAST" headline on yahoo. We missed the BIG ONE! The rest of my morning has been spent looking for cracks in the ceiling and to see if any of my bottle collection got knocked over.
This quake has made me realize that I am unprepared for a large disaster. I can sustain a power outage of 24 hours but any more and things could get ugly. We would not perish from cold as it rarely gets below zero here and we have a ton of blankets and warm clothes left over from previously living in Alberta. I have lots of candles (bit of a candle hoarder really) and fully stocked cupboards but as I mostly cook from scratch our cupboards hold very few items that can be eaten out of the can.
So, this week I am going to spend $50 to create an emergency stockpile of canned goods like tuna, baked beans, chunky soup and canned fruit. Things that could be eaten with only the heat from a candle for a period of four days which they say is the average time it may take to be evacuated or for help to come.
I am also bulking up our first aid kit, but it helps to know we also live within one kilometre of the hospital.
Are you prepared?