Making an emergency kit
Don't wait for an emergency to happen
An emergency kit contains basic supplies that your family can survive on during an emergency -- even in cases where the power is out for an extended period of time or you have no access to running water or other necessities.
Make sure your emergency kit is easy to carry -- in a duffel bag, backpack or a suitcase with wheels, for example -- and that everyone in the household knows where it is.
What to include in your emergency kit:
- Two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily.
- Food that won't spoil, liked canned goods, energy bars and dried foods. Remember to pack a manual can opener so that you can get into the food.
- A flashlight.
- Battery-powered or wind-up radio.
- Extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Special needs or health-related items such as prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities.
- Extra keys for your car and your house.
- Cash (especially smaller bills and change for payphones).
- Your family's emergency plan.
If you have a lot of people in your household, you might want to make a personalized kit for each person instead of one large kit for the entire family.
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