General preparedness social media package

Preparing for B.C.’s hazards is an important step toward building resilient communities. Engage your followers with easy-to-use, pre-written social media content and graphics from Prepared BC. Post this content directly to your own social media channels or follow @PreparedBC on Facebook and Twitter to share our tweets and posts!

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  • Download, then attach one of the preparedness social media graphics below. The graphics work on both Twitter and Facebook
  • Copy-and-paste the content below in a new Twitter or Facebook post
  • Option: add information, photos and hashtags specific to your community
  • Double check that links and tagged accounts work before you post

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Get prepared for the hazards specific to your area. Check out @PreparedBC’s interactive map to learn what hazards you might face: http://ow.ly/rWqa30qMmDG


Before you make an emergency plan, you’ll need to know what you’re planning for! Visit @PreparedBC to learn which hazards could happen where you live: http://ow.ly/M5Cy30qMmJy


Do you know all the hazards that could happen where you live? Check out @PreparedBC’s interactive map to see which ones could happen near you: http://ow.ly/rWqa30qMmDG


Tsunamis, wildfires and floods are 3 of the top 10 hazards British Columbians face. Learn about the hazards in your area using @PreparedBC’s interactive hazards map: http://ow.ly/rWqa30qMmDG


Different hazards require different types of preparation. Learn about the hazards in your community & how to prepare for them: http://ow.ly/M5Cy30qMmJy

Making a plan is an important part of getting prepared. Talk to the people you live with about how you will prepare for and respond to an emergency. Use the @PreparedBC fill-in-the blanks emergency plan to start the conversation: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Making an emergency plan can be as easy as filling in the blanks! Start the conversation with your family by downloading @PreparedBC’s fillable plan: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Emergency plans are not one-size-fits-all. Visit @PreparedBC to learn how to customize your plan to the unique needs of your home and everyone in it: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Everyone needs an emergency plan. Being prepared can reduce anxiety, help you act quickly and bounce back faster following a disaster. Learn how at @PreparedBC preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Creating an emergency plan doesn’t cost a penny! Download @PreparedBC’s fill-in-the-blanks emergency plan & customize it so everyone in your family will know where to go and what to do during an emergency: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


An important part of your emergency plan is knowing how you’ll get information from local officials and how you’ll keep in touch with family. Remember to designate an emergency contact outside your area too! Learn more: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan

During a severe storm or earthquake, you’ll need an emergency kit if you have to shelter on your property without access to power or water. Learn how to build your own at: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


Emergency kits don’t have to be expensive. You probably already have many of the basics around your house! Visit @PreparedBC to learn what you should include: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


Food & water aren’t the only things you need in an emergency kit. @PreparedBC can help you build a kit customized to your location and unique family needs: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


Building an emergency kit can be affordable, especially if you put it together over time. Just set a reminder to add 2-3 items a week over a few months. @PreparedBC has more budget tips. preparedbc.ca/emergencykit

You’ll need a grab-and-go bag if you have to evacuate on short notice during emergencies like floods or wildfires. Learn the difference between an emergency kit and a grab-and-go bag at: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go @PreparedBC


Each member of your family should have their own grab-and-go bag. Once you have the basics, add personal items like medications, extra glasses and comfort items for kids. Visit @PreparedBC to learn more about building personal grab-and-go bags: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


During a wildfire or flood, you may not be able to return home before you have to evacuate. Keep grab-and-go bags in your vehicle, at work or at school. Visit @PreparedBC to learn how to build yours: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


A grab-and-go bag is a smaller version of a household emergency kit stored in an easily accessible place – ready to go if you have to leave on short notice. Everyone needs their own. Keep one in your vehicle, at work and at school too. Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


Grab-and-go bags don’t have to be fancy or expensive. You probably already have most of what you need around the house. Visit @PreparedBC for tips on building your grab-and-go bag: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go

How will you reach your family in an emergency? Make sure communication is part of your plan. Get started with @PreparedBC’s fill-in-the-blanks emergency plan: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Sometimes phone lines can get jammed during an emergency. Make sure your family has a backup plan so that everyone can get in touch. A private social media group is a great option! Make your emergency plan today: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


DYK you should designate an out-of-province emergency contact? Someone who lives far away & doesn’t face the same hazards, can act as a family check-in if you're having trouble reaching people locally. Learn how to make your emergency plan: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


When disaster strikes, returning home might not be the safest option for you and your family. Agree on an emergency meeting place so everyone knows how to reunite. Visit @PreparedBC to make your plan: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan 


We’re all in this together. Meet your neighbours & talk about how you can support each other during an emergency. Include their contact info in your plan and encourage them to make a plan, too. @PreparedBC can help you start the conversation: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan

If you have an elderly family member, take time to make an emergency plan with them. Creating a support network and a grab-and-go bag for them can make a big difference in case of emergency. Learn how at @PreparedBC: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If you or someone close to you has a disability, take time to make an emergency plan and pack grab-and-go bags. Things like extra medications, glasses & special equipment are important to pack in case of emergency. @PreparedBC can help: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


We’re all in it together. A support network is important for those with mobility issues, disabilities or medical needs. Learn how to create your own support network or offer support to someone you know: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If you or someone you’re close to has a disability, planning for an emergency is extra important. If you have to shelter at home, you’ll need an emergency kit and a support network to help. Visit @PreparedBC to learn more: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan

During an emergency, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets! Have an evacuation plan that includes where you and your pets will go. Visit @PreparedBC for more information on pet and household planning: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Your pets need a grab-and-go bag too! Once you’ve packed the basics like food, leashes and carriers, consider comfort items like a towel or shirt that smells like you. This will help keep them calm in an emergency. Learn more @PreparedBC: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Remember to add your pets’ information to your emergency plan. Things like vet info, microchip number and vaccination history are important to have in case a friend or family member has to care for your pet. Learn how to get your pets prepared: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


In an emergency, you might not be able to return home due to evacuations. A trusted friend or neighbour can help get your pet and their grab-and-go bag to your meeting place. Visit @PreparedBC to learn how to plan & prepare for your pets: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan

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Can you name the top 10 hazards in B.C.? Different hazards can happen in each area of the province, but all of them require having a plan and getting prepared.

✔️Floods
✔️Landslides
✔️Tsunamis
✔️Avalanches
✔️Disease outbreaks
✔️Earthquakes
✔️Wildfires
✔️Hazardous material spills
✔️Severe weather

Visit PreparedBC.ca/hazards to learn more about the hazards your community could face.


Hazards can happen anywhere, but not every hazard happens everywhere. Confusing?
Make sense of the hazards your community could face by using Prepared BC’s interactive hazards map.  It's as easy as clicking on your region. http://ow.ly/4efm30rOl5b


We usually hear a lot about wildfires and floods each year in B.C., but there are other hazards you should know about and prepare for. Use Prepared BC’s interactive hazards map to find out what hazards could happen in your community. http://ow.ly/4efm30rOl5b

Once you know the hazards you face, getting prepared is easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Know your Hazards

  2. Make your Plan

  3. Gather your supplies


Do you know which hazards are most likely to occur in your community? Knowing the local hazards helps you understand what you’re preparing for. Check out Prepared BC’s interactive hazards map and learn how to plan & prepare! http://ow.ly/4efm30rOl5b

Planning for a potential emergency can be quick and easy with Prepared BC’s fill-in-the-blanks emergency plan. Download a copy and complete it around the dinner table tonight.
Having a plan will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe during an emergency. PreparedBC.ca/emergencyplan


Your emergency plan should be as unique as you are. Visit Prepared BC to learn how to account for the needs of everyone in your household. Download the fill-in-the-blanks emergency plan and you’ll be done before you know it: PreparedBC.ca/emergencyplan


An emergency plan isn’t just a contact list. Visit Prepared BC to learn how to build a plan that includes the needs of everyone in your life, from children and pets to elderly family members and more! Visit Prepared BC to get started: PreparedBC.ca/emergencyplan


Did you know Prepared BC can help you make an emergency plan for your small business or tourism operation? Protect your investment and those who depend on it. Visit Prepared BC to get started: PreparedBC.ca/emergencyplan

Following a disaster, you may need to stay at home with no power or running water. Your emergency kit will help. Gather supplies that will support your household for a minimum of 3 to 7 days and store them in an easy-to-access place. Some things to include:

✔️Water and non-perishable food
✔️Battery-powered or hand crank radio & flashlight
✔️First aid kit
✔️Copy of your emergency plan

Get the complete list at  Prepared BC: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


Building a household emergency kit doesn’t have to be costly. You probably already have items at home to start building one today. Seriously! Here are a few things to check for.

✔️Extra seasonal clothes and shoes – save a few items from your donation pile!
✔️Toiletries – travel size bottles work great!
✔️Garbage bags – take a few out of the box and put them in your kit!

Visit Prepared BC for more: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


If disaster strikes, you may be required to shelter at home with no power or running water. Learn how to build an emergency kit so you’ll be ready to “camp at home” safely. You probably already have a few things to get started!

Visit Prepared BC to learn how: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


Your household emergency kit can help you stay healthy and safe if you have to shelter at home following events like a damaging earthquake or severe storm. Gather supplies, pack them in large containers or totes and store them in an easy-to-access location. Here's what you'll need. 

✔️Non-perishable food: 3 to 7 day supply. Don't forget the can opener!

✔️Water: four litres per person, per day for drinking and sanitation

✔️Phone charger and battery bank

✔️Radio, hand-crank or battery-powered

✔️Flashlight, hand-crank or battery powered

✔️Extra batteries

✔️First-aid kit and medications

✔️Toiletries and personal items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses

✔️Copy of your emergency plan and copies of important documents, such as insurance papers

✔️Garbage bags and moist towelettes for sanitation

✔️Seasonal clothing, sturdy footwear and emergency blanket

Visit Prepared BC to learn more: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit


What’s the difference between an emergency kit and a grab-and-go bag? You’ll need a grab-and-go bag in the event you have to leave your home during an emergency. This may happen with little notice. You’ll need an emergency kit if you have to “camp at home” during an emergency with no power or running water.

Learn how to pack both so you’re ready: preparedbc.ca/emergencykit

In the event of an emergency, you may be asked to evacuate your home with little notice. Have a grab-and-go bag ready so you’ll have everything you need with you. Learn what to include and how to personalize a bag for each family member: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


Have an old backpack or duffel bag destined for donation? Use it as your grab-and-go bag! You probably already have many of the items you need around the house. Visit Prepared BC to learn how to build yours: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


You’ve packed your grab-and-go bag with the recommended essentials, now consider adding a few comfort items. Here are a few suggestions to help keep you calm and entertained if you can’t return home for a while.

️✔️Treats like your favourite chocolate bar or fruit snack
✔️An old favourite sweater
✔️A favourite, uplifting book
✔️A journal and pen

More Prepared BC tips for building your grab-and-go bag: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go


Comfort items are especially important in children’s grab-and-go bags. Ask your child to set aside a special stuffed animal that can be their buddy if you have to leave home for awhile. Remember to pack a few non-perishable treats and snacks too! Visit Prepared BC for advice: preparedbc.ca/grab-and-go

How will your family get in touch during an emergency if phone lines are jammed? Make a private social media group and practice checking in. You never know when you’ll need it!

Visit Prepared BC to learn more about emergency planning: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Family members aren’t the only people you may need to get in touch with during an emergency. You will also want contact information for:

✔️ Your childrens’ schools
✔️ Your out-of-area contact
✔️ Your neighbours
✔️ Your landlord
✔️ Your utility companies

Learn more about making your emergency plan: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


During an emergency, getting trusted information from your local authority is very important. Find out where it will share alerts and updates before disaster strikes and add them to your plan and mobile devices. Some of the usual places are:

✔️ TV or radio
✔️ Official website
✔️ Social media accounts

Learn more about planning and preparing for emergencies: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Have you made an emergency plan yet? You’ll need to know where to get the latest information in case of an emergency. Remember to bookmark [YOUR CITY/ORGANIZATION NAME’S] official channels.

✔️ [LIST YOUR CHANNELS HERE]
✔️ [INCLUDE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS]
✔️ [AND OFFICIAL WEBSITE]

Learn more about planning and preparing for emergencies: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan

If you have elderly friends, family or neighbours, ask if they have an emergency plan or would like help making one. Those with mobility issues or medical needs will especially benefit from a plan and support network that can help during an emergency. We’re all in it together.

Visit Prepared BC to learn how you can help: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If you have a disability or medical needs, make sure to have a grab-and-go bag ready in case you need to leave on short notice. It should include critical medications or special equipment. Other things to consider as part of your planning:

✔️ Communication challenges you may encounter
✔️ Unfamiliar or hard-to-navigate environments
✔️ Your service animal’s needs

Visit Prepared BC to learn more: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


If you or someone close to you has a disability or mobility issue, having a support network can help with acting quickly and safely during an emergency. A support network can include friends, family, caregivers and neighbours. When building your support network also consider:

✔️ Giving trusted people access to your home so they can check on you
✔️ Showing them where your emergency plan & supplies are
✔️ Agreeing to notify each other when you’re going out of town

Visit Prepared BC to learn more: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan

DYK your pet needs a grab-and-go bag too? If you have to leave home on short notice, make sure you have a grab-and-go bag packed for your pet including:

✔️ Food, water and treats
✔️ Leash or harness
✔️ Extra medications and comfort items
✔️ ID, vaccination & medical info

Learn more about planning for your pets at: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Emergencies can be extra stressful for our pets. When packing your pet’s grab-and-go bag, consider adding comfort items like an old towel or shirt that smells like you. Your scent can help keep them calm. Other things like a favourite toy and treats can also help your pet feel more comfortable during an emergency.

Visit Prepared BC to learn how to include your pets in your emergency plan, and how to pack them a special grab-and-go bag: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan