Students prepare emergency kits
Students at a Terrace school have gotten themselves ready should an emergency happen.
Children and staff at Ecole Jack Cook, the city's Francophone school, have put together emergency kits, primarily to assist in the event of an earthquake.
If something were to go wrong and students were trapped in their classrooms they would have basic life-saving necessities on hand.
It is something school principal Renee Syvret said the school has done in the past and is practised province-wide in the B.C. francophone school district.
Each child is responsible to make their own kit at home with their caretakers.
Kits include, water, food and an emergency blanket.
“If ever anything were to happen and we were locked in or closed in or buried in, in each classroom, we would have the kits we need,” Syvret said, adding the kits are kept in the classrooms as that is where each child spends the greatest amount of time. The kits contain enough supplies to last students for 36 to 48 hours.
She said the recent province-wide earthquake drill, the great British Columbia ShakeOut, prompted the school to get the kits organized this year.
Students take part in earthquake drills, where a foghorn is used instead of a bell and students are taught to find the safest cover possible.
Syvret said the next step for the school is to organize bins where parents can send in their discarded blankets, something she said would be really important to have on hand in the event of an emergency.