Your Family Emergency Kit

March 18th 2008
Your Family Emergency Kit

During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Know the hazards in your area and take the time to assemble your family 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.

Easy to carry - 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 (traveler's cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
  • - Emergency plan - include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information