During an earthquake take cover, many studies show that injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes are due to falling objects.
While the 4.3 magnitude earthquake centred about 20 kilometres north of Victoria did not cause much damage, it was a stark reminder that if the big one hits everyone needs to be prepared. She says the kitchen is often the most dangerous room in the house during an earthquake, thanks to heavy appliances, breakable items, and sharp objects. If that's not possible, consider heavy drapes in high-risk areas, or a special film for glass. Bernstein suggests teaching younger children a song to sing during the shaking so you know they are safe. Children's kits should also include items such as toys and family photographs to comfort them while they are out of the home. Make a plan for food and medication for pets, as they are often over-looked in emergency planning. Dive under a sturdy table, drop to your knees, cover your head and neck and hold on to the table.


If there is no desk, crouch in an inside corner of a room, avoid standing in a doorway. It was an emotional evening as 10 people from Alberta and British Columbia were recognized for their heroic efforts in two life-changing events and given Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Awards at a ceremony in Calgary. This week (April 10-16) is National Volunteer Week, so we’re honouring our incredible volunteers by sharing a few of their stories as well as heartfelt gratitude.
Operation Med School is a one-day conference that brings together 198 high school and university students from Southern Alberta to inspire and educate them to follow their medical dreams. At this year's conference, the Canadian Red Cross hosted a panel discussion that included three medical aid workers who collectively have been on 15 international deployments. The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.
Reduce your risk by securing pictures and mirrors to walls, and keeping beds and tables away from windows.
Call for help if need be, look out for fallen power lines, fire and damaged buildings.


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