In an emergency situation, you will need some basics. You may have to manage without electricity or running water. Be ready to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Make sure that your kit is easy to carry (backpack, travel bag or suitcase on rollers), and place it
in a readily accessible spot, such as the front hall closet. Make sure that everyone in your family knows where it is.
Basic emergency kit
- water – at least two liters per person per day, being sure to use smaller bottles that will be easier to carry in case you have to evacuate;
- non perishable food – plan enough per person per day (remember to replace the food and water once a year);
- manual can opener;
- wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries);
- wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries);
- first aid kit;
- spare keys for the car and house;
- cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and coins; coordinates of persons to contact;
- blankets; candles;
- lighter and/or matches; and
- a whistle – to signal your location, if necessary.
Have at hand
- credit and debit cards;
- ID – driver's licence, health insurance, passport;
- cell or mobile phones and chargers;
- special items such as prescription medication, baby formula and equipment for persons with special needs; and
- change of clothing.