Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5 – 11, 2019
Tips & Resources


Your municipal, provincial and federal governments have prepared for emergencies, have you?

Recent events in Canada and around the world remind us that personal emergency preparedness is more important than ever.

Enter the County of Bruce Emergency Preparedness Week Contest (only 10 very simple questions) and win a Red Cross 2 Person Deluxe Emergency Kit valued at $130.00. Contest opens Sunday May 5th and closes May 31st! No purchase is necessary to participate in this Contest. Click here to enter the Emergency Preparedness Contest

Here are some resources to help you better prepare yourself and your family for an emergency:

Be prepared emergency picture

make an emergency plan

build an emergency kit

What to Put in Your Survival Kit - Essentials

  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days) and a manual can opener
  • Bottled water (4 litres per person for each day)
  • Medication(s) and first aid kit
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Radio (crank or battery-run)
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Items for babies and small children (diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items)
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Any other items specific to your family's needs

Other Tips

  • Store your kit in a place that is easy to reach and where everyone in your family knows where it is.
  • Your water supply is meant to cover what you would drink as well as what you might need for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing.
  • Check and refresh your kit twice a year - when the clocks shift to/from daylight savings time is a good time. Check all expiry dates and replace food and water with a fresh supply. Check batteries and replace as needed.
  • Keep your cell phone or mobile device fully charged.