Preparing an Emergency Kit


In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.


You may have some of these items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water, and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?


Make sure your kit is easy to carry. Keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach accessible place. Make sure everyone in the house knows where the emergency kit is. Some basic elements of an emergency kit include:


  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day
  • Food – things that won’t spoil such as canned food, energy bars, and dried fruit
  • Manual can opener and small fuel driven stove (with fuel)
  • Blanket
  • Wind up or battery powered flashlight and radio (plus extra batteries)
  • First aid kit and special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in small bills
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information