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Are you ready for the 'Big One'? Most people in B.C. don't have an emergency kit

Last Updated May 22, 2019 at 11:03 pm PDT

(Monika Gul, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Do you have an emergency kit prepared? If your answer is no, it seems you’re in the majority.

A new survey from Research-co found that 46-per-cent of people surveyed in B.C. have a kit assembled, despite 76 per cent of people believing a powerful, destructive earthquake is “very likely” or “moderately likely” to happen in B.C. in the next 50 years.

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Older people seem to be the least likely to put them together — only 39 per cent of people 55 and over have an emergency kit.

When it comes to different types of emergencies, almost 80 per cent of people who responded to the survey said they were most worried about being affected by a fire.

The survey found 68 per cent of people were concerned about earthquakes, 65 per cent were worried about high winds, and 61 per cent were worried about intense rainfall.

“In spite of the high level of concern expressed about an earthquake affecting the province, more than half of British Columbians have not put together an emergency kit,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Residents aged 35-to-54 are doing better on this particular matter (55% have an emergency kit) than those aged 18-to-34 (45%) and those aged 55 and over (39%).”

Fewer than three in five people in B.C. said they were worried about a flood (57 per cent), heavy snowfall (56 per cent), a toxic spill (55 per cent), a terrorist attack (54 per cent), a tsunami (46 per cent), or a landslide (46 per cent).