St John Ambulance Administrator Kaye Burke checks the wealth of life saving supplies in an emergency preparedness backpack modelled by branch administrative assistant Charlotte Doyle.

Quake wary residents put run on St John

St John Ambulance Branch sold out of emergency preparedness backpacks

Campbell River’s St John Ambulance Branch sold out of emergency preparedness backpacks Monday as earthquake wary residents learned a lesson from Saturday’s 7.7 magnitude shaker near Haida Gwaii.

The earthquake was only felt in low lying parts of the city but it left a wide-spread impression. St John Ambulance administrator Kaye Burke says her branch’s supply of first aid, emergency backpacks quickly sold out Monday morning and an order has been placed for enough to meet the ongoing demand.

The $66 backpack meets Provincial Emergency Program requirements and contains emergency food, water, a crank radio, flashlight, multi-purpose tool, first aid kit, emergency blanket and much more with space to spare for personal items. “It even has duct tape,” Burke says. “There is no way you could assemble the contents of this kit for the price. It is perfect for the trunk of your car or the hall closet and it can be used for power failures and storm emergencies.”