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Emergencies are not just terrorist attacks, and international border incidences. They include floods, severe weather, power outages, blizzards and can happen at any time. Everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for 72 hours. One way to do this is to have a family emergency survival kit prepared in advance.
There are six basics you should stock in your home: water, food, first aid supplies, tools and supplies, clothing and bedding, special items.
The list below is a basic family emergency survival kit, for a complete list refer to the Emergency Planning Manual on our web site.
Think of any special needs someone in your family might have, and include any other items that your family would need. Here are some suggestions:
Diapers, bottled milk, formula and food, toys, crayons and paper.
Other family members
Keep at least one week’s supply of medication in your emergency kit and include extra eyeglasses, spare batteries for medical appliances and an extra oxygen cylinder if needed. Include copies of prescriptions for your medicine and glasses.
Include a three-day supply of pet food and water.
Food and water kit
Have at least a three-day supply of food and water on hand. Choose ready-to-eat foods that your family likes and that don’t need refrigeration. Canned food, such as soups, stews, baked beans, pasta, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits. Crackers and biscuits, honey, peanut butter, syrup, jam, salt and pepper, sugar, instant coffee, tea.
At least four litres per person per day should be allocated – two for drinking and two for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing. Keep a supply of water purification tablets on hand as well.
Note: Consume and replace canned food and dry goods once a year.
Basic Checklist (see Emergency Planning Manual for more details)
Important Telephone Numbers
Surviving a disaster starts at home and by being prepared you can do your part, not only for you, but also for your family. Have a family emergency survival kit.