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GetMyKit.ca is based out of Nanaimo, British Columbia and offers a wide variety of survival kits and personal safety items. We offer pre-assembled safety kits that can include cooking elements, as well as comfort items and, are made and assembled right here in British Columbia. They take between 5-7 business days to get to you, and GetMyKit's Emergency Survival Kit can be found at many retail locations across the country! These kits are of the best quality in Canada. The enclosed food and water are made to last for three days and have a shelf life of 5 years. All the other contents provide you with 72 hours of shelter, heat, and safety. Having a safety kit is important in your household, car, or boat in the case of an emergency. Many people are aware that they should have an emergency kit in their home but don’t consider that emergencies can occur anywhere and at any time. A boat or car is a great place to be prepared for emergencies, as are places like work and school. It might not be possible to be 100% prepared for every possible scenario, but GetMyKit can help you get started! If you are unsure of what to do with a kit, or how to assemble one, there is plenty of available information on our website. There are single items you can purchase if you need to re-stock, or there are over 10 fully assembled kits to choose from. We are a local business through and through, and work to support our local communities here in BC. You can help us do that by engaging in a fundraiser with us, in which you get discounted safety products to fundraise for the cause of your choosing, and promote community awareness and safety in the process!
If you are new to the safety scene, don’t worry! GetMyKit has workshops, FAQ’s, and examples of safety kits available online. We’re here to help you stay safe!    
Written by MWP Staff: Eva Almgren

What Would Happen if a Magnitude 9 Earthquake Hit British Columbia?

The big shakedown. Chances are, if you grew up in BC, you know what we are referring to. Vancouver sits on the fault line of two major tectonic plates, the North American Plate and the Juan de Fuca Plate. Currently, the Juan De Fuca plate is attempting to slide underneath the North American Plate, as it has been for a long time, but when it finally completes its geological quest- it will cause an earthquake larger than any BC resident has seen in centuries.

SOME HISTORY ON THE LAST BIG ONE IN BC

The last time this happened was way back in the 1700s, when the architecture, landscape, and climate of our province looked incredibly different than what we see today. We know this because of First Nation storytelling and due to samples taken off the ocean floor. The oral story passed down by the ​Haida peoples is a tale of loss and devastation, even before modern architecture and concentrated populations. The damage that could be done today is hard to comprehend. Firstly, the structural damage alone would be devastating in an area with high demand for housing, to begin with. The provincial emergency response plan estimates 150 buildings to collapse and another 4000 to be so badly damaged they would need to be demolished, just in the city of Vancouver alone. These falling buildings will take out natural gas lines, electric lines, cell phone towers and bring traffic to a standstill as people start to panic and search for their loved ones with desperation. Older builds in Victoria are much more vulnerable to structural failure because they lack proper earthquake-resistant foundations and the island is closer to the fault line than the mainland.

THE RISK OF A TSUNAMI

Photo by Ryan Pernofski on Unsplash.

We’ve seen it in Japan, we’ve seen it in Indonesia, after every big earthquake there is always a tsunami to be the deadly icing on the destructive cake. Tsunamis are created when a plate shifts underneath the water and can often look like an average wave. But do not be fooled, these death traps move as quick as a jet plane and wreak havoc on already devastated cities. If you are on the coast and an earthquake happens, get to high ground as fast as possible to reduce your chances of being caught in this deadly wave. Those on Vancouver island should be especially vigilant as the wave will hit them first and the hardest. Vancouver’s port is one of the largest on the West Coast. The earthquake, followed by the tsunami and then the ensuing chaos will halt all planes, ships or trains scheduled to deliver goods to many countries across the world, hurting Canada's and more specifically BC’s economy. Seismologists say there is a one in three chance of this earthquake hitting in the next 50-100 years and there has been mounting pressure for the Vancouver government to do more. ​The Insurance Bureau of Canada projects we will need $75 billion dollars to repair the damages. Insurance covers $20 billion of that but $55 billion dollars is still near to what BC makes in one year, this is a staggering burden for the government (​Stelmakowich,2013​).

HOW YOU CAN PREPARE

We cannot control when the earthquake comes, however, we can control how prepared we are for it. Open a dialogue with your family about what you should do during a disaster and choose a meeting spot after the quake stops. Make sure all your work data is backed up on servers outside of the office, to minimize financial losses and most importantly have an emergency kit packed and ready to grab at the drop of a hat. This bag should have enough supplies to sustain your household for 72 hours. Emergency management BC recommends this kit includes 4L of water per person per day, non-perishable food items, a light source, a battery-powered radio, masks, money and hygiene products. 3 person basic emergency kit GetMyKit’s Basic Emergency Survival Kit checks all of those boxes and gives you extra helpful items like an army knife and a flashlight with an attached siren all in a conveniently sized backpack. We offer packs for two-person households up to eight-person households, a one time purchase to ensure your family’s safety for years to come. Alison Bird cautions us to ensure we do not just “see disasters as things that happen to others” because then when the inevitable disaster hits and we cannot just avoid the thought anymore, we do not know how to react. So get as prepared as you can now, it may be uncomfortable to allow the idea to come to life, but you’ll be thankful you did in the long run.  

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There’s No Time Like Today to Get Prepared – Wholesale Pricing For Everyone!

SALE IS OVER!!! You've done your research and found the items you need in your emergency kit.  You've started doing a bit of shopping and maybe you've discovered that you don't have the time  & money to invest in going from store to store, or looking online - now what?!  There's no time like today to get prepared for tomorrow.  We're offering wholesale prices to all our customers.  This is the SALE OF THE YEAR and it's just in time for Emergency Preparedness Week, a federal initiative that brings awareness to the importance of having supplies and a plan for emergency situations, whether at home, on the road, at work, or at school. From May 6 - May 12 purchase your home emergency kit with us and receive 25% off your purchase.  By taking advantage of this offer, you're taking control of your home emergency preparations and ensuring the safety and survival of each member of your family.  Our kits have a 5-year shelf life so your emergency supplies are taken care of for 5 YEARS.  Plus, when you register your kit on your website, we'll even send you a reminder 30 days prior to the food and water expiry. Here's the bottom line:
Regular PriceCost with 25 % Discount
1 Person Basic$148.00 Now Only $111.00
1 Person Deluxe$248.00Now Only $186.00
2 Person Basic$198.00Now Only $148.50
2 Person Deluxe$298.00Now Only $223.50
3 Person Basic$248.00Now Only $186.00
3 Person Deluxe$348.00Now Only $261.00
4 Person Basic$298.00Now Only $223.50
4 Person Deluxe$398.00Now Only $298.50
Deluxe Pet Kit$38.00Now Only $28.50
Vehicle Survival$98.00Now Only $73.50
 Daycare Emergency Kit $188.00Now Only $141.00
 Classroom Emergency Kit $288.00Now Only $216.00

How Do I GetMyKit??

Visit getmykit.ca/shop and find your high-quality emergency kit.  When you've finished shopping, simply enter promo code"PREPARE25" and your 25% discount will be applied to your order.  We'll ship your kits to you FREE of charge within 5 - 7 business days.  It's that easy.

Home Emergency Preparedness

Home emergencies are not just limited to earthquakes.  Consider fires, flooding, tsunamis, landslides and sink holes.  Our Home Emergency Kits include sufficient supplies for each member of your family to be self reliant for  3-5 days; food, water, first aid, temporary shelter, utilities & tools, emergency blankets, rain ponchos, hygiene, and so much more. Our deluxe kits include 15 extra essential supplies such as heating, cooking and comfort items.

Pet Emergency Preparedness

Let's not forget about those fur babies - those animals that make your life a better place.  Ensure that you have adequate supplies on hand in the event of emergencies for those members of your families.  We offer Pet First Aid Kits which include animal CPR Instructions, a collar blinker, specially formulated wipes for their eyes, nose & ears, an emergency blanket for them and tons of other first aid items that are also valid for humans too.

Vehicle Emergency Preparedness

While on the road this summer, ensure that you have roadside emergency supplies as well.  There are more people on the road this time of year than ever increasing the chances of accidents and emergencies.  Be sure to have your vehicle stocked full of supplies by purchasing our Vehicle Survival Kit.  This kit includes emergency food & water rations, a reflective triangle and safety vest, multi-bit screwdrivers and 5 function army knife, fuses, first aid, emergency blanket and rain poncho, a safety hammer  with seat belt cutter and window-smasher, and much more.

School & Daycare Emergency Preparedness

It's close to the end of the school year and maybe there is some remaining budget that allows you to make some important upgrades to your school's emergency supplies.  We offer a 27 Person Classroom Emergency Kit that includes items for everyone in an entire classroom; food, water, emergency blankets, light sticks, dust masks, first aid and safety equipment for Teachers.  These kits are a must-have for every classroom.  Daycares are required to have emergency kits with enough supplies for each person at the centre.  Our 9 Person Daycare kit includes the items that you, as a valued and trusted care provider, require. Today is the day to get your emergency kit off your to-do list.  Don't think about it another day!
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