Preparing a family Emergency Kit
It’s storm season in Canada and we want you to be prepared in the event of an emergency. The Government of Canada recommends that each household prepare an emergency kit designed to provide basic necessities for up to 72 hours.
Here are the items to include in your basic emergency kit.
- Water - include two litres of water per person per day
- Food - canned, boxed and dried foods that won’t spoil
- Can opener
- Flashlight - either wind up or battery powered along with extra batteries
- Radio - either wind up or battery powered along with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Extra house and car keys
- Important family documents - ID, insurance and banking information
- An emergency plan that includes - locations for your fire extinguisher, water, power and gas shut offs; neighourhood exits; potential meeting places; emergency contacts; health and insurance information; places to stay.
For more information on emergency kits for Canadians and what else should be included, please visit www.getprepared.gc.ca. Kits are also available for purchase from the Red Cross. Visit their web site at www.redcross.ca.