Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time. Utilities can be out, roads closed, and crucial supplies unavailable. While local, provincial and federal officials prepare for emergencies, individuals can plan to be prepared at home and at work.
With increased levels of fear and anxiety throughout Canada and the world, it makes sense to prepare for the unexpected. Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days in the event of an emergency or disaster. For example, it could take that long to clear roads due to a severe winter storm.
The following are recommended guidelines to assist you in gathering items you should have on hand. Everyone in your family should know where these items are stored.
Finally, if you are ever in an emergency situation, Don't Panic. People have survived three days without water and three weeks without food. Your home can take three hours or more to cool off completely in the winter.
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Think of any special needs your family might have and include any other items you would need. Here are some suggestions:
formula and food
crayons and paper
Other family members
one week's supply of any required medications
extra eye glasses
batteries for medical appliances
extra oxygen cylinder (if required)
copies of prescriptions
Emergency food and water kit:
Have at least a three-day supply of food and water. Choose ready-to-eat foods that don't need refrigeration. Also keep in mind that if the utilities are out and you have no alternate cooking source, you should select foods that won't require cooking.
three day supply of water - at least four litres per person per day - two for drinking and two for food preparation, hygiene and dish washing. Keep a supply of water purification tablets as well.
canned food: soups, stews, baked beans, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit
crackers and biscuits
salt and pepper
instant coffe and tea
Replace canned and dry goods once a year.
knives, forks, spoons
disposable cups and plates
manual can opener, bottle opener
fuel stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's instructions) - do not use a barbecue indoors
waterproof matches and plastic garbage bags
pocket knife or multi tool
Survival Equipment Kit:
flashlight and batteries (in case the lights go out)
radio and batteries or crank radio (so you can listen to news bulletins)
spare batteries (for radio and flashlight)
candles and matches/lighter
extra car keys and cash (including coins/cards for telephone)
important papers (identification for everyone, personal documents such as insurance papers)
food and bottled water (See "Emergency food and water kit")
clothing and footwear (one change of clothes per person)
blankets or sleeping bags (one blanket or sleeping bag per person)
toilet paper and other personal supplies such as shampoo, hairbrush, tooth brush and toothpaste, soap and a towel and face cloth (one for each person)
backpack/duffel bag (or something else to carry the emergency survival kit in, in case you have to evacuate)
whistle (in case you need to attract someone's attention)
playing cards, games
Car Survival Equipment Kit:
sand, salt or kitty litter
cloth or roll of paper towels
warning light or road flares
extra clothing and footwear
emergency food pack
axe or hatchet
ice scraper and brush
matches and a 'survival' candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
methyl hydrate (for fuel line and windshield de-icing)
first-aid kit with seatbelt cutter
blanket (special 'survival' blankets are best)
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