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BUILDING AN EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KIT

Updated: 3 weeks ago - Created: May 10th, 2018

Building an Emergency Survival Kit

 

Your emergency survival kit should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least three days immediately following an emergency.

The following list is broken down into the essentials, items you may need to meet your family’s unique needs, and items to have ready in case you have to leave your home.

 

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR SURVIVAL KIT

Essentials

Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days) and a manual can opener

Bottled water (4 litres per person for each day)

Medication(s)

Flashlight

Radio (crank or battery-run)

Extra batteries

First-aid kit

Candles and matches/lighter

Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes

Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)

Extra car keys and cash

Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)

Zip-lock bag (to Keep things dry)

Garbage bags

 

Special Considerations

Items for babies and small children—diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items

Prescription medication

Medical supplies and equipment

Pet food and supplies

Any other items specific to your family’s needs

 

Extra Supplies for Evacuation

Clothes, shoes

Sleeping bags or blankets

Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries)

Playing cards, travel games, other activities for children

 

OTHER TIPS

Pack the contents of your kit in an easy-to-carry bag(s) or a case on wheels.

Store your kit in a place that is easy to reach, and ensure that everyone in your family knows where it is.

Your kit does not have to be built overnight. Spread your shopping over a few weeks. Purchase a few items every time you go to the store.

Your water supply is meant to cover what you would drink as well as what you might need for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing.

Check and refresh your kit twice a year—when the clocks shift to/from daylight savings time is a good time. Check all expiry dates and replace food and water with a fresh supply. Check batteries and replace as needed.

Keep your cell phone or mobile device fully charged