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Emergency Supplies

You may have some of these items already such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Ask yourself, “Would I be able to find my flashlight in the dark?”

  • 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 to find the emergency kit.

Print this page or download the Basic Emergency Kit or Car Kit in a PDF version. (from www.getprepared.ca). Check off the items as you accumulate them.

 

Supplies for the Car

  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Warning light or road flares
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • List of contact numbers
  • Sand, salt or cat litter
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope, jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Roadmaps, whistle and flashlight

 

Supplies for the Home

  • Water – at least two 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 (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries, candles, matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan, including contact information
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • 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 (follow manufacturer’s directions and store properly)
  • Two additional litres of water per person, per day for cooking and cleaning