Emergency Preparation Tips

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30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness

Get Prepared!  Government of Canada informative website about emergency preparation.

The Red Cross recommends that you keep a disaster preparedness kit in your home with enough supplies to meet your family’s needs for at least 72 hours. By taking the time now to store food, water and other supplies, you can provide for your entire family in the event of an emergency. The following list is a guide of suggested items to have in your disaster preparedness kit at home. It is important that you check it every year and to resupply it after every use.

Use this table as a checklist to ensure you are well prepared. 

  • Water
  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Manual can opener
  • Crank or battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries
  • Extra keys, for your house and car
  • First aid kit
  • Cash in small bills
  • Special needs items (i.e. medications, infant formula)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Important family documents (i.e. copies of birth and marriage certificates, passports, licenses, wills, land deeds and insurance)
  • A copy of your emergency plan

It is important to store these supplies together in a sturdy and easy-to-carry bag, such as a backpack that can easily be used in an emergency situation. Get your kit at www.shop.redcross.ca.