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When Disaster Strikes, Could You Survive Until Help Arrives?

When a natural disaster from a severe weather event occurs, it can take first responders as much as 72 hours to reach those in non-critical situations. Don’t wait for disaster to strike. Prepare your basic emergency kit today!

Public Safety Canada recommends that you pack your basic kit with the following items:

  • Water
    2 litres of water per person per day (small bottles are easier to carry in case of an evacuation order)
  • Food
    Canned food, energy bars and other non-perishables
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items
    Prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Cash
    Include smaller bills and change for pay phones (travellers’ cheques are handy too)
  • Emergency plan
    Include a copy of your plan and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contacts

Remember to check the expiry date of applicable items such as medications and infant formula on an annual basis and replace items as necessary.

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