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Preparing British Columbia for a Massive Earthquake

Preparing British Columbia for a Massive Earthquake

Preparing British Columbia for a Massive Earthquake: Lessons from the Earthquake that Rocked Turkey and Syria

The earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria serves as a valuable lesson for British Columbia in terms of emergency preparedness and disaster management. The event highlights the importance of being prepared for such disasters and the consequences of not being prepared.

For Individuals and Families: What did we learn?

  1. The importance of having an emergency plan: Having an emergency plan in place is crucial for families during the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. This plan should include meeting places for family members, emergency contact information, and a plan for how to communicate in case of an earthquake.
  2. The need for emergency supplies: Having a well-stocked Emergency Kit can help families during and after an earthquake. This kit should include food, water, first aid supplies, and other essentials that can help sustain a family for at least 72 hours per person.
  3. The importance of earthquake insurance: After a deadly earthquake, many families may find themselves without a home or with significant damage to their property. Earthquake insurance can provide financial support to help families rebuild their lives.
  4. The value of community support: Communities can come together during and after a disaster to support each other and provide essential resources and services. Families should be familiar with local community organizations and resources that can help in the aftermath of an earthquake.
  5. The need for mental health support: The aftermath of a deadly earthquake can be traumatic and cause significant stress and anxiety for families. It’s essential to address mental health needs and provide support to those who are struggling. This may include counseling, support groups, and other resources that can help families cope with the emotional impact of the disaster.

Take action: How will you and your family take action towards preparedness? Start with a 72hr Emergency Kit here

For Businesses: What did we learn?

Disaster management and preparedness are crucial in reducing the impact of earthquakes. This includes measures such as evacuation plans, risk assessment, communication strategies, and emergency response plans. The government, private organizations, and citizens must work together to ensure that the region is prepared for a massive earthquake.

Steps to be taken to Prepare for a Massive Earthquake

    1. Conducting Regular Risk Assessments: Regular risk assessments should be conducted to identify the vulnerable areas and the measures that need to be taken to reduce the impact of an earthquake.
    2. Strengthening of Buildings: The government should encourage the use of seismic-resistant construction techniques and retrofitting of existing buildings to make them more resilient to earthquakes.
    3. Evacuation and Emergency Response Plans: Evacuation plans should be in place for the employees, and emergency response plans should be formulated to ensure a quick response in case of a disaster.
    4. Awareness and Education: The public should be made aware of the risk of earthquakes and the measures they can take to reduce the impact. Regular drills and training sessions should be conducted to educate the public on the importance of preparedness.
    5. Investment in Technology: The government should invest in technology such as early warning systems to provide advance warning of earthquakes and to mitigate the damage.

Taking action: Provincial Earthquake Exercise, The Coastal Response 2023

Friday, February 7th, saw the beginning of the large-scale emergency preparedness program named ‘Coastal Response 2023’, which kicked off with a simulated warning sent out by British Columbia’s Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness to all taking part in the simulations.
Approximately 50 emergency operations centers in British Columbia are carrying out a drill this week to replicate a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that would impact the Lower Mainland region.

Starting four days after the simulated earthquake scenario off the coast of Richmond and Tsawwassen, an emergency preparedness exercise will be conducted by the government. This test aims to assess their overall readiness, specifically honing in on co-ordination and communication among agencies.

*See original article here

It’s Heart Month

It’s Heart Month

Heart Health: The Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

Happy Heart MonthHeart disease is a leading cause of death in Canada, with an estimated 35,000 cardiac arrests occurring each year. February is designated as Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of heart health and the steps we can take to protect ourselves.

Understanding Heart Disease

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. These conditions can lead to heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular events. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet.

The Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle 

Leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of heart disease. By making healthy choices, you can help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy, reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events.

A healthy lifestyle includes:

  • Eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, saturated and trans fats, and added sugars
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Being physically active
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption

The Importance of Regular Exercise

Physical activity is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and improve your heart health. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, every day. You can also add strength training to your routine to improve your overall heart health.

Maintaining a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is also essential for heart health. Eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help reduce the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, a diet that is high in salt, saturated and trans fats, and added sugars can increase the risk of heart disease.

The Importance of Monitoring Your Heart Health

Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider can help monitor your heart health and identify any potential risks early. This includes monitoring your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other important markers. If you have a family history of heart disease or other risk factors, your healthcare provider may recommend additional screening or lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.

Taking care of your heart is crucial for a long and healthy life. By adopting a healthy lifestyle, monitoring your heart health, and seeking medical advice as needed, you can help reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your overall well-being.

2023 Office Emergency Kit Checklist

2023 Office Emergency Kit Checklist

An office emergency is any situation that disrupts, threatens, shuts down operations, or causes physical and environmental damage to the workplace and its workers. Companies often prepare for emergencies by spending large sums of money on disaster insurance to relieve them of any economic and physical damages during the accident. 

So why not spend as much money to protect the workers?

This year, ensuring your office emergency kit is up-to-date and ready for anything mother nature throws at you is crucial.

What to Put in Your Office Emergency Kit
Office emergency kits should have the supplies necessary to help employees escape danger or shelter-in-place at work until emergency relief has arrived.

This includes having a stock of long-term shelf-life food and water as well as enough supplies to maintain healthy hygiene habits.

Each emergency kit provides the basic needs of the employee, including:
Food and water
Breathing protection
First aid
Hygiene and sanitation

These supplies cost a business about $5 to $6 per employee annually. 

Review our office survival kit checklist to equip your office with all the necessary supplies to survive several days without electricity, food, and water during an emergency.

Click here to purchase your company’s 72hrs Workplace Preparedness Contents

Mental Health First Aid – Introduction Course

Mental Health First Aid – Introduction Course

Mental Health First Aid is a program that aims to educate individuals on how to identify and respond to potential mental health and substance use disorders in their friends, family, or colleagues. The program is designed as a “lunch and learn” introduction to the full 16-hour certification program. It is a 2-hour training session that provides a comprehensive overview of the key concepts and skills needed to recognize and support individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The program is designed to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems. It improves understanding and provides an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. This training is also a great way to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and encourages people to seek help when they need it.

Click here to check out our SOS OHS Courses for British Columbia

Return to Work & OHS Planning – Life at the Office Post Pandemic

Return to Work & OHS Planning – Life at the Office Post Pandemic

  • First aid training: Please ensure first aid certificates for your first aid attendants are valid and current. Please view the training tab to see what training is available in your province.
  • Joint OHS Committee: It is mandatory to have a Joint OHS Committee in the workplace. Ensure that your committee is re-established and that all members have taken the mandatory committee training course.
  • First aid & PPE supplies: Please let us know if you require any first aid or PPE supplies. It is likely that your facility may have expired items that require replacement or updating. If you require an on-site first aid audit please email info@sostech.ca
  • SOS Educational videos: in order to assist your staff that is returning to work (or new hires) we have educational videos available to support your OHS team. These videos also include a review of how to operate your SOS fully-automatic oxygen unit.
  • AED:  Be sure to check the expiry dates of pads and batteries.
  • Emergency Preparedness Supplies: In light of recent events in BC & Alberta  (wildfires, floods, pandemic) consider adding emergency preparedness supplies to your OHS plan.

Why is Access to Emegency Oxygen Important?

Why is Access to Emegency Oxygen Important?

Life-threatening medical emergencies are usually accompanied by low tissue oxygen levels (not enough oxygen supply to tissue and organs). If this progresses, the brain will begin to die first, with other organs following. Additionally, low oxygen levels to the heart may lead to cardiac arrest. After AIRWAY, supplemental oxygen is the most important first step in treatment. Consider these facts:
  • Half of all heart attack deaths occur before the victim gets to the hospital.
  • The average arrival time of professional help is 8-12 minutes.
  • Disability or brain death can occur within the first 4 minutes!
  • 38% of deaths are caused by heart disease and stroke.
  • Over 3,000,000 Canadians suffer from heart or blood vessel disease.
That is why we offer emergency oxygen as part of the SOS OHS programs
Emergency Oxygen Training
SOS Emergency Response Training (ERT)
  • Instruction in basic procedures to help sustain life in a medical emergency until the arrival of medical professionals.
  • Education about risk factors, signs, symptoms, and actions to follow in case of heart attack, choking, hemorrhaging, shock, and breathing emergencies.
  • In-depth explanations of the importance and administration of emergency oxygen.
  • Training certification provided in the form of a training guide and certificate card issued to each participant.
  • Approximate training duration of 60 – 90 minutes.
Emergency Oxygen Equipment
SOS Emergency Oxygen Inhalator
  • Portable, safe, and simple, with easy “On-Off” operation.
  • Available in two-stage preset or variable flow models.
  • Impact-resistant case.
  • Includes dual purpose resuscitation mask.
  • “Two-Stage” regulator for ultimate reliability.
Oxygen Equipment Maintenance Services
Emergency and Comprehensive Maintenance
  • 24-hour response.
  • Automatic inspections performed annually at your premises.
  • Parts replacement or repairs and hydrostatic testing at no extra cost.
  • Refills at inspection periods at no extra cost.