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Emergency Preparedness Week - Emergency Kit Checklist

Posted: May 11, 2018


Emergency Preparedness Week
May 6-12, 2018
Emergency Kit Checklist

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery operated or wind-up flashlight. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy.
It's a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.

Basic emergency kit checklist:
  • Water - at least two litres of water per person per day.  Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)
  • Manual can-opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, MedicAlert bracelet or identification
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  • Special items according to your needs (ie. prescription medication, infant formula, special equipment, pet food and water, etc.)
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Other:  ___________________________________________

Recommended additional items checklist:
  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
  • Candles and matches or lighter (place candles in sturdy container 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, utensils
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper
  • Minimum of a week's supply of prescription medications
  • Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife)
  • Small fuel-operated stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's directions and store fuel properly)
  • A whistle (in case you need to call for help)
  • Duct tape (ie. to tape up windows, doors, air vents)
  • Detailed list of all special needs items, in the event that they need to be replaced.


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