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Uptick in emergency preparedness kit sales

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Summary

Many people are purchasing emergency preparedness kits

The Canadian Red Cross website recommends keeping a disaster preparedness kit in your home

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – At least one store in Metro Vancouver is reporting an uptick in sales of emergency preparedness supplies in the aftermath of that big recent windstorm.

Marco Sebastiani of the Coquitlam Rona store says emergency prepared kits – containing such staples as first aid, water, flashlight and batteries – sat on shelves for months collecting dust until the days following the storm. “We carried them and no one has ever bought them so we cleared them out. We only had a couple left so those all ended up selling on us but people don’t think about those things until they happen.”

Sebastiani explains before the storm hit, they had three generators in stock. “The next day they all sold out. We are lucky if we sell one or two generators in a year. We have a whole bunch coming in now. We have ordered a few to come in to sustain the need.”

The Canadian Red Cross website recommends keeping a disaster preparedness kit in your home with enough supplies to meet your family’s needs for at least 72 hours.