Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?


In an emergency, like after a summer thunderstorm, you may need to get by without power or tap water. You’ll need some basic supplies, and experts recommend that you be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or wind-up flashlight. 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. It’s a good idea to separate some of your supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable, and each person can personalize their own grab-and-go emergency kit.

Keep your emergency kit in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front hall closet. Make sure everyone in the household knows where it is.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2019 (May 5-11) is the perfect time to make sure your emergency kit is well stocked. Here are some essential items to keep in your kit:

  • Simple Guide For Water in Emergency Preparation
  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order.
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods. Remember to replace food and water once a year.
  • Manual can-opener.
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Crank or battery-powered radio and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities.
  • Extra keys to your car and house.
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones.
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information, as well as a copy of your home insurance policy.

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