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Windstorm reminds British Columbians to prepare for emergency

VICTORIA - This weekend's windstorm that ripped through the Lower 
Mainland and Vancouver Island knocking over trees, power lines and 
leaving people in the dark for a number of days is a reminder for all 
British Columbians to make sure they and their families are prepared 
for any emergency.
"The recent wind storm serves as a reminder to British Columbians that 
emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that starts in each 
of our homes," said Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, Naomi 
Yamamoto. "We all need to have supplies on hand, like food and water, 
first aid kits and flashlights, so that our homes are ready for any 
potential emergency, large or small."
Yamamoto joined BC Hydro officials yesterday in a tour of impacted 
areas and the utility company's Emergency Operations Centre, commending 
work crews on their tireless, around-the clock effort to restore power 
to affected communities. The minister committed to exploring with 
partners, including local authorities and BC Hydro, lessons learned to 
help better prepare and respond to emergencies.
Emergency officials are using the recent windstorm to remind residents 
to prepare for more severe weather incidents, as well as make it a 
catalyst for preparing for catastrophic impacts should a large 
earthquake strike the coast. All British Columbians should have an 
emergency plan that outlines evacuation and family reunification 
measures, and an emergency kit to help sustain family and pets for a 
minimum of 72 hours.

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