British Columbia Pharmacy Association

British Columbia Pharmacy Association

May 11, 2006 18:11 ET

British Columbia Pharmacies Help You Prepare for Emergency Preparedness Week May 7-13, 2006

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 11, 2006) -


Your local pharmacy is a great place to stock up on many of the supplies that you should have on hand in case of an emergency. As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, the British Columbia Pharmacy Association has put together a list of items for households to keep in stock. This way you and your family are prepared for the unexpected.

1. First Aid Kit - Having these essential supplies on hand can make a huge difference in the event of accident or injury.

Adhesive bandages
Elastic bandages
Abdominal pads
Sterile gauze pad
Adhesive tape and scissors
Gauze bandage
Triangular bandages
Safety pins
Antiseptic ointment
Rubbing alcohol
Cotton swabs
ASA, Ibuprofen and Tylenol
BC HealthGuide

2. Drug prescriptions - Ask your pharmacist about storage of any prescription medications you, members of your family or your family pets may require.

3. Eyeglass prescriptions - Include a spare pair of eyeglasses.

4. Blankets and spare clothing - In cold conditions you'll need multiple layers to reduce body heat loss. A hat and a scarf can make a big difference. In the summer you'll need protection against the sun and the heat.

5. Flashlight - Keep a battery powered light together with some spare batteries.

6. Candles and matches - Short, long-lasting candles are best in an emergency situation and matches should be waterproof.

7. Water/purification tablets - Having a supply of clean, sealed and re-sealable water for drinking and cooking is vital. You need at least four litres of water per person per day - two for drinking, two for food preparation, hygiene and dish washing.

8. Food - Choose food that doesn't need refrigeration, requires little or no preparation and be sure it meets any special diet needs. Keep your B.B.Q. propane tanks filled for use.

9. Items for children and infants - Include formula, diapers, baby food and other items to meet their unique needs. Check with a pediatrician or doctor to be certain you have a proper supply of nourishment.

10. Supplies for pets - Pets and humans have similar needs in an emergency situation. They would need water and prescription medications. It is also handy to have a bowl, a rope, litter or newspaper, glow sticks, an extra collar and leash, and a thermal blanket on hand.

Contact Information

  • British Columbia Pharmacy Association
    Susan Ogilvie
    Director, Communications
    (778) 896-3044
    The Pace Group
    Mike Cunningham
    (250) 858-5191