Building an emergency kit

Preparing a 72-hour emergency kit is easy to do, can be done at a low cost

Ministry of Justice

British Columbians know that the province experiences a wide range of events like wildfires, earthquakes, flooding and severe weather. Preparing a 72-hour emergency kit is easy to do, can be done at a low cost. A basic home emergency kit should include:

* Water – two liters per person per day

* Food – canned food, energy bars and dried foods

* Manual can opener.

* Flashlight and batteries.

* Battery powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries).

* First aid kit.

* Special needs items – prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities.

* Extra keys for your car and house.

* Cash – include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travelers’ cheques are also useful) and change for payphones.

* Emergency plan – include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information.

* A copy of important documents – birth certificate, passport, BC CareCard, insurance, photos of family members.

* Pet food.

Some recommended items:

* A change of clothing and footwear for each household member.

* Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member.

* A whistle (in case you need to attract attention).

* Garbage bags for personal sanitation.

* Toilet paper and othe personal care supplies.

* Safety gloves.

* Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, etc

* Small fuel-driven stove and fuel

* Additional water for cooking and cleaning.

 

To learn more about how you can be prepared for a disaster, visit the Emergency Management BC website at: www.pep.bc.ca and the Public Safety Canada website at: www.getprepared.gc.ca

 

 

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