Basic emergency kit

A basic emergency kit should include:

  • a flashlight (preferably a dynamo style)
  • a radio with batteries or crank
  • extra batteries
  • a first-aid kit
  • candles and matches or a lighter
  • a set of keys for the house and car
  • important documents (ID, passport, credit and debit cards, health insurance card, home and car insurance policies, etc.)
  • food and bottled water
  • medication and prescriptions
  • a change of clothes
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • personal care supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shaving cream, shampoo, towels and facecloths, etc.)
  • baby supplies (diapers, bibs, milk in cartons, toys, etc.)
  • a whistle (to attract attention)
  • books and games
  • a notepad and pencils
  • a list of important telephone numbers (school, day care, family, doctor, etc.)
  • cash
  • The Survival Guide prepared for you by Ville de Gatineau, which was distributed to every home. It contains lots of useful information. You can get a copy at a service centre.

You can keep your emergency kit in a backpack, which you can leave in a place that is accessible and known to every member of the family.

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