Those of you that have placed an order with us know how passionate I am about my mission to put an earthquake kit in every home. As the founder of the company I try whenever possible to personally deliver the kits, so that our clients can build a personal relationship with me.
I was recently asked by someone why I don't have my face up on the website being that I'm so involved with the business. So this post is my way of introducing myself to any potential clients and to explain where the vision of "an earthquake kit in every home" came from.
Back in 2012 when the 7.8 magnitude quake hit Haida Gwaii, it caught me and many others a bit off-guard. Having been raised in the BC Lower Mainland I was well aware of the earthquake dangers and I had even felt a couple before, but like most others I was completely unprepared. I always thought getting an earthquake kit was too expensive or too much work.
We lived in a high-rise in Surrey at the time and I could see the high-rise across from us swaying as the earth moved. I thought for sure this was the quake we had been waiting for, the one we'd all heard about, but a few seconds passed and everything went back to normal. When I learned that the quake happened so far away I began to imagine what a 10 magnitude quake closer to home would be like. I started researching the likelihood of something worse happening in my lifetime and my apathy started to dwindle away.
The next day I went to work and all thoughts of an earthquake kit had already vanished until a colleague and I went for coffee that afternoon and the topic came up. I commented on how much the quake had made me think and that I'm sure many others in Vancouver were going through the same exercise. Jokingly, I said a man could make a killing today selling earthquake kits door-to-door. We both had a good laugh about that one.
A couple weeks later I started building my kit, but the conflicting information online about what to put in your kit and how often I'd have to replace everything and that everything would need to be replaced at different times, left me feeling overwhelmed. I quickly began to remember why I didn't have an earthquake kit. I started looking online at companies that sold kits, but that would require shipping, which was costly and inconvenient. I say inconvenient, because anyone that works during the day or has ever lived in an apartment building knows what a pain it is to have things shipped to you via Canada Post.
I remember thinking, I wish someone would tell me exactly what I need, put it all together for me, sell it to me at the same price as it would cost me to put it together myself, arrange a delivery date and time with me, follow through on delivery, and then track the expiry dates for me. I know I'm a bit of a demanding person, but I was surprised to see that in an earthquake hot zone like Metro Vancouver, no service such as this existed.
A few more years passed and in late 2014 I still did not have an earthquake kit. Earthquakes became more and more prominent in the news and I decided to take action. A couple months later www.earthquakekit.ca was founded with a vision to put an earthquake kit in every home in the BC Lower Mainland. And funny enough the first kit we sold was to me and my family finally had an earthquake kit. I've since added a kit to my car and office and we as a company now serve customers across Canada.