During the warmer months, an emergency like a flood or power outage can strike at any time. Make sure you and your family are prepared and protected by keeping these items around the house in any easy-to-access spot.

Toolkit

Even if you’re not a DIY kind of person, some basic tools can get you out of a bind in an emergency. A hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask and pocket knife should all be safely stored in your toolbox. Duct tape to tape up windows, doors and air vents is also a good idea.

Food

You may need to get by without power or tap water, so plan to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours. Stock food items that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods.

Water

Have at least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order. Water purifying tablets are also a good idea. Replace food and water once a year.

Cash

Keep some cash on hand, as ATMs and their networks may not work during an emergency and you may have difficulty using debit or credit cards. Some cash in smaller bills and change for payphones is ideal.

Cleaning products

Even if there’s no running water, you want to be able to keep yourself and home as clean as possible. Toiletries, hand sanitizer, garbage bags, and toilet paper are all basic items to have extras on hand.

Source: Find more information at www.getprepared.ca.

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