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Prepare a Kit



In an emergency you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. You may have some of the items already but the key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Make sure your kit is easy to carry. Keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front hall closet. Make sure everyone in the household knows where the emergency kit is.

Don't wait for an emergency to happen. These are simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones. Write yourself a reminder to update your emergency plan, restock your kit, change the batteries in your smoke detector, and update your contact list.

Basic Kit
  • Water. At least 2 litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order.
  • Food that won't spoil such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods.
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight, radio, batteries, or the wind-up flashlight and radio that do not require batteries.
  • Candles and matches or lighter. Remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep.
  • First Aid Kit
  • special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities.
  • Extra keys for your car and house.
  • Some cash in smaller bills ($10) and change for payphones. Remember ATM's, debit and credit card machines may not work in an emergency.
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information.
Recommended additional items
  • A change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
  • A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies.
  • Safety gloves
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves)
  • Small fuel driven stove and fuel.
  • Two litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning.
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