Emergency Kit

An emergency kit contains supplies your household may need during an emergency. During an emergency you may not have access to power or tap water. You and your family should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

Basic Emergency Kit

A kit should be assembled well ahead of an emergency as you may only have minutes to collect essentials. Creating a basic kit may be as easy as putting together items you already have such as food, water and blankets. Your kit should be in a container that is durable and easy to carry such as a duffle bag or suitcase with wheels. Keep your kit in an easily accessible location and tell all members of your household where the kit is located.

  • Water (2 litres per person per day)
  • Food (that won't go bad such as canned food, energy bars and dried food. Replace food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio (battery-powered or wind up)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items
    • prescription medicine
    • infant formula and diapers
    • equipment for people with disabilities
    • pet food and extra water for pets
  • Extra keys for your home and vehicle
  • Cash (small bills such as $10 and change for payphones)

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Additional Supplies

The basic emergency kit will help you through the first 72 hours of an emergency. It is recommended you also have the following supplies:

  • Two additional litres of water per person per day
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothes including shirt, pants and sturdy shoes
  • Candles and matches in a waterproof container
  • Paper and pencil
  • Whistle
  • Books, games, playing cards, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Household chlorine bleach or water purification tablets/drops
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, screwdriver, work gloves, pocket knife)
  • Duct tape
  • Small fuel-operated stove and fuel
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records.

For additional Emergency Kit and 72 hour preparedness information visit the Get Prepared website.

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