It’s a smart idea to know what goes into an emergency kit and start putting one together.
Here are some things that go into a kit, so you can easily set it aside when you find it:
- Manual can opener
- Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
- Items to make up a first aid kit (scissors, bandages, tape, safety pins, etc.)
- Extra keys for your car and house
- Cash, travellers’ cheques and change
- Important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank records
- Emergency plan — include a copy in your kit as well as contact information
- Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife)
- Prescription medications, medical equipment
- Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
- Activities for children like books, puzzles or toys
- Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and garbage bags
- Candles and matches or lighter (place in secure containers)
Make your emergency kit portable by keeping it in a backpack or roller suitcase. You can even make little backpacks for each of the kids with their clothes and some non-electronic activities they can do if the power is out.
Find more information at Canada.ca/emergency-preparedness-week.