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Emergency Kits & Checklists


Basic Emergency Kits

You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, don't wait for a disaster to happen. Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.

  • Water – 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
  • Battery–powered or wind–up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items – prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys – for your car and house
  • Cash – include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
  • Emergency plan – A family emergency plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan.  Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in–town and out–of–town contact information.
  • View our Pet emergency kit brochure. Plan ahead for your pets during an emergency too.

 View our 72 Hour Emergency Kit Brochure or our Grab and Go Kit Brochure 

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