Two major B.C. retailers, London Drugs and Save-On-Foods, have signed on to the province’s “Partners in Preparedness Program Program”, making it easier to purchase emergency preparedness supplies.
Ready-made shopping lists will soon be available at their stores to help customers find the supplies they need for assembling an emergency kit.
The two businesses will also start selling disaster supplies, and can customize the program to specific hazards in their store’s area by choosing to feature one or more of the five emergency risks: earthquake, wildfire, flood, power outage and severe weather.
The retailers are the first two to sign up for the program.
“Uniting on this important program provides an opportunity to highlight the items families and individuals should have on hand, while providing our customers with the resources and tools they need to better prepare for an emergency,” said Tony Hunt, general manager of loss prevention at London Drugs in a release.
Information will soon be on display at all B.C. London Drugs and Save-On-Foods locations.
“We play an active role in supporting communities in times of need, and helping spread the word about this proactive approach seemed like a great way for us to go the extra mile for our neighbours,” said Julie Dickson, director of public affairs and corporate services for Save-On-Foods in a release.
Monday marks the start of Emergency Preparedness Week. B.C. residents are encouraged to take three steps to become better prepared for emergencies:
- Know the risks specific to your community
- Develop a family emergency plan and practise it
- Prepare emergency kits for your home and your vehicle