Before an Emergency

Preparing Your Personal / Family Emergency Kit

Your Personal / Family Emergency Kit will help you cope with the emergency.

You should be prepared to take care of yourself and family members when an emergency occurs.

Your Personal / Family Emergency Kit should contain the items you'll need.

Emergency KitItems to include

Have enough supplies in your home to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

Store these items in a waterproof container (but also be ready to transfer them to a gym bag or duffle bag if you suddenly need to leave your home):

More Personal / Family Emergency Kit item Info:


  • bottled water (4 litres per person, per day)


  • food that won't spoil (such as canned food)

First aid supplies / personal care

  • a first aid kit
  • medication
  • toilet paper and other personal hygiene items

Tools and supplies

  • a crank radio or a radio with batteries
  • a flashlight and batteries (test your batteries beforehand)
  • a whistle
  • duct tape

Clothing and bedding

  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • clothing

Special items

  • passports, birth certificates and other papers of identification
  • playing cards or other games
  • pre-cut pieces of plastic for covering window openings
  • tools
  • your emergency contact information (including your out-of-town contact)
  • extra car key(s) and cash

Also, have a list of key phone numbers for family members, insurance providers as well as your local utilities on hand should you need to call to report or find out about outages.

Revised: Friday February 28 2020

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