You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to ensure they are organized, easy to find, and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, do not wait for a disaster to happen.
Things to Remember
- Cash - Include smaller bills such as $10 bills (travelers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones.
- Easy to Carry - Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.
- Emergency Plan - Include a copy of it and ensure it.
- Extra Keys - For your car and house.
- First Aid Kit - Include bandages, bandage wraps, and disinfectant.
- Food - That will not spoil, such as canned food, energy bars, and dried foods - remember to replace the food and water once a year.
- Manual Can Opener - Flashlight and batteries, battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries).
- Special Needs Items - Prescription medications, infant formula, or equipment for people with disabilities.
- Water - Two litres of water per person per day - include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order.