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