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Emergency Preparedness


Preparing for an Emergency

Emergency Kit

It is advisable to prepare an Emergency Kit to keep in your home. You may have some of these basic Emergency Kit items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water, and blankets. Make sure they are organized, easy to find, and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Don’t wait for a disaster to happen – prepare ahead of time!

Basic Items:

  • Water: 2 litres of water per person per day (include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of evacuation order)
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars, and dried foods 
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or wind-up radio
  • Extra batteries in a plastic sealed container
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Special items such as 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 (traveller’s cheques are also useful) and change
  • Emergency Kit 

*Remember to replace food and water once per year.

Additional Items:

  • Important documents, numbers, and directions of how to turn off utilities
  • Extra clothes, hats, mitts, and shoes
  • Blanket
  • Swiss army knife
  • Toiletries
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Basic tools
  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet Paper
  • Safety gloves
  • Whistle
  • Dust masks
  • Candles and matches or a lighter (be careful before using in case of broken gas pipes)
  • Pack of cards, board games, books, etc.

Car Items:

  • Non-clumping cat litter, sand, or salt
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Road maps
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Extra anti-freeze
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Snow scraper

Emergency Plan

You never know when an emergency will take place. A family emergency plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.  Every household needs an emergency plan.

Your Emergency Plan should include information on:

  • Safe exits from home and neighbourhood
  • Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
  • Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
  • Contact persons close-by and out-of-town
  • Health information
  • Place for your pet to stay
  • Risks in your region
  • Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain

Click here to start your Emergency Plan.