Make an emergency kit

You will need basic supplies for every member of your household in an emergency. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours without power or running water.

Put essential items like food, water and medication in one kit. This makes it easy to locate when the power is out and easy to grab and go in case you have to leave your home quickly.

Don’t count on being home when an emergency occurs. Create grab-and-go bags for your workplace and vehicle.

How do I make an emergency kit?

  1. Think about what you, your family and pets need to survive if you can’t stay in your home or if there are no utilities. Plan for at least 72 hours. Use checklists for home kits and car kits.
  2. Gather supplies for each family member.
  3. Organize them in a backpack or rolling suitcase. Use more than one bag so that your kit isn’t too heavy to carry.
  4. Include a copy of your emergency plan. Include emergency contacts. Keep copies of important documents such as passports, birth certificates and insurance records.
  5. Store the kit in an easy-to-reach place. Make sure everyone knows where it is.
  6. Check your kit every 6 months. Replace expired items and stock seasonal items.

What goes in my kit?

  • 3-day supply of water. Estimate 2 L per person per day.
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food for all family members and pets.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio and extra batteries.
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Prescriptions or special medications.
  • Car keys, credit cards and cash.
  • Garbage bags, moist towelettes and sanitation supplies.
  • Chargers for cellphones and electronic communication devices.
  • Seasonal clothing and footwear for each family member.

Refer to checklists for home kits and grab-and-go kits.