Emergency kits

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.

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