Emergency Prepardeness

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.

Source:(NC) www.newscanada.com

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