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Emergency Kit

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.

Basic Items to Include:

  • Water: 2 litres of water per person per day (include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of evacuation order)
  • Food: that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace food and water once per year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered (or wind-up) radio
  • Lots of extra batteries in a plastic sealable container
  • 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

Additonal Items:

  • Important documents, numbers, and directions of how to turn off utilities
  • Extra clothes, hats, mitts, and shoes
  • Blanket
  • Swiss army knife
  • Toiletries
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Basic tools
  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Safety gloves
  • Whistle
  • Dust masks
  • Candles and matches or a lighter (be careful before using in case of broken gas pipes)
  • Pack of cards, board games, books, etc.
  • Hot Pockets

Extra items for your car:

  • Non-clumping cat litter, sand, or salt
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Road maps
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Extra anti-­‐freeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Snow scraper