The list below is a guidelines to help you put together the items you should have on hand and keep stored in a place that everyone in your family knows about. The kit should be stored in a way so that it can easily be carried with you in the event of an evacuation. Customize the contents of the kit to suit the specific needs of your family.

Be sure to have at least one corded phone in your home, as most cordless phones will not work during a power outage.


• Bottled water – 2L of water/person/day for drinking as well as 2L/person/day for food preparation and hygiene

• Prescription medications (one week supply)

• First-aid kit

• Flashlight and batteries

• Wind-up or battery-powered radio 

• Candles and waterproof matches/lighter

• Extra car and house keys

• Cash in the form of small bills and coins

• Important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank records 

• Canned foods, energy bars, dried foods, baby formula (replace at least once per year)

• Manual can opener, bottle opener 

• Cooking pot

• Disposable cups and plates and cutlery

• Garbage bags and smaller resealable bags

• Change of clothing and footwear for each household member

• Blankets and/or sleeping bags

• Toilet paper and other personal items

• Alcohol based hand sanitizer

• Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets

• Non-latex gloves, dust masks

• Backpack/duffel bag

• Whistle

• Duct tape (to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.)

• Basic tools – hammer, pliers, wrench, pocketknife, screwdrivers, etc.

• Small fuel driven stove and fuel

• Playing cards, games

• Include any additional supplies to suit the needs of your family members. 

Remember, the supplies must last for a minimum of 72 hours. You can also buy an emergency kit online and in stores across Canada if you do not want to assemble the above.