Prepare a kit

During an emergency you may be without electricity or running water. You should have some basic supplies prepared so you and your family can be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Make sure your family’s emergency kit is easy to carry. For example, keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels. Store it in an easily-accessible place and make sure that everyone knows where it is. Check your kit twice a year and replace any outdated items. Food and water should be replaced once a year.

Basic Emergency Kit:

  • Water (at least two litres per person per day). Use small bottles that can be carried in case of an evacuation order.
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned or dried foods and energy bars.
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Cash (small bills) and change (for pay phones)
  • First-aid kit
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Emergency plan and contact information
  • Medications, important documents, infant formula, pet food, special items for family members with disabilities or special needs, or any other items necessary to personalize your kit

Recommended Additional Items:

  • Additional two litres of water per person per day (for cooking, cleaning, etc.)
  • Change of clothing and footwear for each family member
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
  • Basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, wrench, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife)
  • Small fuel-driven stove with fuel (follow manufacturer’s directions and store properly)
  • Duct tape (e.g. to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.)
  • Whistle (to attract attention)

Car Emergency Kit:

  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Sand, salt or kitty litter; traction mats
  • Booster cables
  • Tow chain
  • Methyl hydrate (for fuel line and windshield de-icing)
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Road maps
  • Warning light or road flares
  • Emergency food pack
  • Extra clothing and footwear
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Axe or hatchet
  • Compass
  • Matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
  • Blanket (special “survival” blankets are best)

Evacuation “Go Kit”:
In the event that you have to evacuate your home a portable emergency “go kit” is also recommended. Your kit should include:

  • Copies of important documents (Insurance papers, deeds, wills)
  • Seven-day supply of prescription medications
  • Local map
  • Extra clothing and footwear
  • Cash (small bills) and change (for pay phones)
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Emergency plan and contact information
  • Infant formula, pet food, special items for family members with disabilities or special needs, or any other items necessary to personalize your kit