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Emergency Preparedness

​​If you’re in a collision, if you run out of gas or find yourself trapped on a highway, it’s important to have an emergency kit in your vehicle.

​Disaster can strike in any season. Be it a winter storm, a springtime flood, summer hail or a fall tornado, if you’re in your car, it’s best to be prepared. Just like having a home emergency kit, having emergency essentials in your vehicle can keep you comfortable and potentially even save a life.

Consider printing the following checklist and reviewing it at the start of each season. Use it to ensure you and your vehicle are prepared for a worst-case scenario situation.

Emergency Kit for Vehicles1First aid kit that includes a seatbelt cutter which may be available at your local hardware or department storeTow rope, jumper cables and fire extinguisherPortable shovel, scraper, snowbrush, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid Salt, sand or non-clumping cat litterNon-perishable food (e.g., non-perishable energy or granola bars)Water (if in bottles, ensure they won’t break if frozen; replace every 6 months)A warm blanket, extra clothes and shoes or bootsCash, including small bills and change for pay phonesA wind-up or regular radio (and batteries)A warning light and matches, a flashlight and batteriesRoad flares and a whistle (in case you need to attract attention)Road mapsCopies of your emergency plan, personal documents (health card, insurance policy, etc.) and essential prescriptionsSource1: 
​Roadside AssistanceRoadside assistance is offered by private companies, private auto insurers and government-run auto insurers and can be a lifesaver when you are stuck on a lonely highway. If you have a 24/7/365 roadside assistance service, be sure to keep your cellphone charged or your in-car technology current to ensure you’ll be able to contact your supplier if and when an emergency situation happens.  Visit Public Safety Canada for more emergency preparedness information.​