Maple Ridge prepared in case the earth moves

Sharon Paradis and Vera Glasser spend time in Haney Place Mall Monday afternoon educating people on what to pack in a 72-hour emergency kit.

Sharon Paradis and Vera Glasser spend time in Haney Place Mall Monday afternoon educating people on what to pack in a 72-hour emergency kit.

The quake that won’t go away is keeping emergency preparedness in everyone’s minds.

To capitalize on that, Maple Ridge is hosting two seminars this week to get people up to speed about what they should do if the big one hits off the coast of B.C.

One session is for 1 p.m., this Thursday in Maple Ridge council chambers the other is at 7 p.m. People can register by phone for the free session and so far about 100 people have signed up.

Officials from the Ridge Meadows Emergency Program will tell people what to expect in the first few days and longer, after an earthquake.

They’ll also be told that each member of the family should have a Grab and Go Kit, for the house and the car.

Some of the contents of a kit include water (four litres per person per day) a first aid kit, radio, can opener, money ($10 in change) canned meat, personal hygiene supplies, candles, matches and a multi-purpose knife.

Kits that are stored in your car should include a blanket, warning light, road flares, extra clothing and shoes.

More information is available at the Ridge Meadows Emergency Program at 604-463-5221.