How to Make a Disaster Safety Kit!

March 7 – 14 is Emergency Preparedness Week and we’d like to share some tips on creating a disaster safety kit.

DID YOU KNOW when a natural disaster occurs it could take up to 72 hours to reach people that are in non-critical situations. The consequences of not being prepared in our climate is even more severe given the frequency of our Nor'Easters!

Public Safety Canada recommends that you keep a basic home emergency kit containing the following items to help you and your family survive a disaster:

  1. WATER: 2-4 Litres per person, per day (small bottles are easier to carry in case of an evacuation order)
     
  2. FOOD: Canned food, energy bars, and other non-perishables
     
  3. Manual can opener
     
  4. Flashlight and batteries
     
  5. Battery-powered or wind-up radio, and extra batteries
     
  6. First Aid Kit
     
  7. Special needs items such as prescription medications, instant baby formula, and equipment for people with disabilities
     
  8. Extra keys for your car and house
     
  9. CASH: Include smaller bills and change for pay phones (travellers’ cheques are handy as well)
     
  10. EMERGENCY PLAN: Include a hard copy of your Emergency Plan and ensure it lists local and out of town contacts.

Being adequately prepared could save your life!