This week is Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4-10 2014) in Canada, and to commemorate that, I have two great things for you. The first is an Emergency Preparedness Quiz, and the second is Maggie Bolitho’s YA adventure, Lockdown, her exciting debut novel about The Big One (earthquale) hitting Vancouver, Canada.
Emergency Preparedness Quiz
(answers at the bottom of this post)
The sensible content in this quiz comes from the Emergency Management BC All-Hazard Emergency Preparedness Workbook, 2002
1. Which of the following should NOT be in your emergency supplies bag (hint-there are 2 correct answers):
a) waterproof matches
b) work gloves
c) salty snacks
d) toys & games
e) a whistle
f) a pet hamster
2. If you see flooding in the road or in the creek in front of you, you should:
a) grab a camera and take pictures
b) get out your fishing rod
c) go for a swim
d) move to high ground
3. If you are away from home when an emergency is declared, what should you do?
a) try to catch a bus home
b) plug in your ear buds and dial up your favourite music
c) stay put and try to phone your family to see where they are
d) go to the nearest store and stock up on chocolate
4. If you are caught in the forest during a fire which one of these things should you NOT do:
a) crouch in a pond or river and cover your head and upper body with wet clothing
b) find a clear area or a spot among a bed of rocks, lie flat and cover your body with wet clothing or soil. Breathe air close to the ground through a wet cloth to avoid inhaling smoke
c) sprint like crazy and try to outrun the fire
5. After a disaster, which of these should you do:
a) Rest often, eat well, and get as much physical activity as possible
b) Keep a manageable schedule. Try to do only one job at a time
c) Talk about your feelings and help people who are still scared
d) Share hugs liberally; the human touch is very reassuring
e) All of the above
6. List five different types of emergencies residents of BC are told to prepare for:
Lockdown by Maggie Bolitho
When a great earthquake rocks the Pacific Northwest, fifteen-year-old Rowan Morgan is hiking in a suburban forest. Tremors rip the coast from Oregon to Alaska and turn Rowan’s world upside down. After her father is wounded and taken to the hospital, Rowan and her brother shelter inside his earthquake-proof, survivalist home. While the electrified fences offer some protection, it isn’t long before mobs gather, desperate for some of the food and water rumoured to be held inside.
Rowan knows that if the hungry neighbours had any true idea of the riches in father’s cellar and water tanks, they wouldn’t be so easily sent away. Early one morning, Rowan leaves the compound and sets off in search of her father. She is turned away from the hospital and so goes to check on nearby friends where she finds a local gang has moved in. She escapes from them only to run into a stranger she met in the forest the day before. Why is he following her and what does he want?
If you happen to be a Canadian member of Goodreads, there’s a giveaway going on here (until May 30, 2014).
About Maggie Bolitho
MAGGIE BOLITHO is curious by nature and over the years has been a soccer player, a horsewoman, a martial artist, a scuba diver and a cyclist. Born in Victoria BC, her wanderlust took her across Canada and back. Before making her permanent home in British Columbia, Bolitho lived in Australia for twenty years. In Sydney her home was in a red-zone, the highest bushfire risk possible and it was there, when she trained as a member of the CFU (Community Fire Unit) as a firefighter, that her interest in disaster scenarios came to life.
Maggie Bolitho: http://www.maggiebolitho.com
1. c, f | 2. d | 3. c | 4. c | 5. e | 6. Zombie apocalypse, Earthquakes, Avalanches, Disease outbreaks, Extreme Storms (weather events), Floods
Thanks for visiting! As always, I love comments. How about leeting me know what you think about Lockdown, or The Big One in Vancouver? Will it happen? How did you do on the quiz?