Quebecers are not ready for a disaster

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A survey reveals that many Quebecers are far from prepared to deal with major disasters such as a flood or an accident involving hazardous materials. 

As many as 66% of respondents say they are prepared for long power outages, but this figure drops to 48% for floods. 

Just 31% say they have what it takes to deal with accidents involving hazardous materials and 25% in the event of a landslide.

In all cases, there is a decrease in the level of preparation when we compare these results with a similar survey carried out last year in Quebec. 

This survey by the firm Léger, commissioned by the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec, was obtained under the Access to Information Act

We learn that fewer Quebecers have prepared an evacuation plan for their home. Indeed, 53% did so this year compared to 63% last year. 

This week, the show J.E meets survivalists, who say they are ready to face all these situations and above all, who were not caught off guard during the pandemic. 

Food autonomy

Claude, who asks that his family name, owns a small estate in Estrie, along the American border. 

Survivalism is first and foremost a question of food self-sufficiency, according to him.  

With his chickens, rabbits and goats in addition to having everything he needs to farm and hunt in the area, he believes he can last a very long time in the event of a break in normality such as the pandemic. 

He was not affected at all by the confinement. In fact, Claude believes that the war in Ukraine and the pandemic prove him right in his life choices. 

If ever the situation requires you to leave your residence, survivalist Mathieu Hébert believes that it is very important to have an evacuation plan. 

Survival techniques

The latter founded the Primitives training school some fifteen years ago, offering training in survival techniques throughout the province.

Quebecers are not ready for disaster

Patrice Godin

Comedian Patrice Godin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security for the disaster risk awareness campaign, insists on the importance of having essential items and enough food to meet the needs of his family for at least three days. 

His message is to be prepared and not just rely on the authorities.

“It is important to be prepared to face climate-related problems. meet their immediate needs. Live with the family until the situation is resolved. That's being ready,” concludes the comedian.  

Survivalism is gaining popularity 

The pandemic would have contributed to increase the popularity of survivalism as well as to change the image we have of people who practice it.

“More and more people are starting to wonder how to do things by themselves,” says psychologist Geneviève Beaulien Pelletier. 

The pandemic has brought a different perspective on survivalism, notes the psychologist.

“It is as if we have been plunged to varying degrees into insecurity. Some have faced financial problems, job losses. We saw the grocery shelves empty. It came to create a small breach, to weaken a certain stability,” she explains. 

According to her, before the pandemic, some were more critical of people who had survivalist behaviors, but they see it differently now, because they have been closer to insecurity. 

“So we are more able to identify with their behavior,” says Geneviève Beaulieu Pelletier.  


Certain phenomena such as climate change or the war in Ukraine also cause people to prepare and buy different items. 

This observation is that of Pascal Lemieux, owner of the Boutique Militaire Québec, in the national capital, which has several survivalists in its clientele.  

Since the beginning of the pandemic, he has been welcoming customers whom he had never seen before and who come to consult him. 

“Many are rather discreet, they don't shout it from the rooftops. They want to buy what is needed to last 72 hours or more. Many people buy and store this in a garage. Someone who buys 200 cases of rations, we know why,” says Pascal Lemieux.

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