CSL Men’s Club donates to Italian earthquake relief

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Kudos to the ever active members of Cote Saint-Luc’s Men’s Club. These energetic and youthful men, now numbering over 500, are busy every week with a myriad of activities, lectures, trips and more. Recently, they passed around the hat and ponied up over one thousand dollars to ease the suffering just a tiny bit for those affected by the devastating earthquake in Italy.


Photo of the Week #22: Earthquake 2012

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A major highlight this past week in Cote Saint-Luc, and throughout southern Quebec, was the earthquake that struck during the overnight hours. Although many of us awoke with a startle we were back asleep in no time at all, perhaps slightly groggy the next morning but armed with heroic tales of how we bravely survived the Quebec Quake of 2012.

So this week’s Photo of the Week is a bit tongue in cheek but it comes to me from a resident and I did promise to accept submissions from you, my readers.

I’ll continue to post weekly shots of life, people and places in Cote Saint-Luc but I need your help. Please send me your best CSL shot that depicts an interesting aspect of life, people and places in CSL and I’ll credit you if you like.


Urgences Quebec encourages emergency preparedness

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Urgence Québec puts emergency information at your fingertips.

Like any territory, Québec is hazard-prone. Find out more about such hazards now so that you know what to do when they occur. In an emergency, obtain accurate status reports. Find out about the measures adopted and the instructions in effect. Well-informed citizens contribute to restoring the situation in their communities.

As a timely suggestion, click here to read up on information specific to earthquakes.

The day after the earth shook

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Early Wednesday morning’s 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt across southern Quebec, and beyond.  Many people I’ve spoken to described the sensation as a truck driving right up their front lawn and into the house.  The tremor and rumbling continued shaking for what considered an awful long time, probably 15 seconds or so.  And then it was quiet, again.  Another night of rest.  A regular morning wake up.

But what if things happened differently?  What if your alarm clock didn’t buzz because there was no power? And your refrigerated food was no longer cold.  What if you had no running water? No phone.  No communications. No heat.

Would you know what to do to handle the unfolding emergency in your own home?

Our experience, for example during the last widespread emergency in the 1998 Ice Storm, indicates that we are too complacent, relying fully on our technology, our authorities and our government.  We do not anticipate what can go wrong and we do not adequately prepare for ourselves.

However, those of us involved in emergency preparedness and crisis management repeat the same mantra that it is not a matter of IF, it is a question of WHEN.

This earthquake is a kind of wake up call (pardon the pun).  It is a reminder that we must always be prepared for the unexpected.  It is also a great coincidence that it happened during National Fire Prevention Week when we are called to test our own emergency plans within our homes, to test our kids in evacuation procedures, to stock non-perishable food supplies, water, first-aid and medication.

72 Hours is an excellent emergency preparedness guide that is essential for every household in Canada.  Download the guide and prepare yourself and your family to manage during the first 3 days of any major emergency.

Prepare an evacuation plan in case of fire in your home and conduct your own fire drill with everyone in your home.  Here’s a useful tool to create a family emergency plan.  Learn how to take care of yourself and your neighbours.

Prevention and preparation are critical keeping you and your family safe.