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Emergency kits

Make an emergency kit

Creating a family emergency plan and sharing it with everyone in your household is an important part of being ready and safe if the power goes out. Another is making an emergency preparedness kit.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need for your emergency kit. Store enough supplies for at least 72 hours.

This list is courtesy of Public Safety Canada

  • Water — two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles)
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items — pet food, prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Cash — include smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  • Emergency plan — include a copy in your kit as well as contact information

Consider these additional emergency kit supplies

  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
  • Candles and matches or lighter (place in sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)
  • Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife)
  • Small fuel-operated stove and fuel
  • Whistle (to attract attention)
  • Duct tape


  • Prepare a small emergency kit for your automobile and one for work.
  • Check with your child's school as to what supplies they need for their emergency kit.
  • Additional information can be found on Public Safety Canada's website