Basic Emergency Kit

Emergency Response Guidelines

The following is a list of suggested items that should be included in a basic home emergency kit. Some of the items would be useful to have in your office as well.

You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, don’t wait for a disaster to happen.

Water: two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order);

Food: that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year);

Can Opener: a manual can opener;

Flashlight: battery powered or wind-up (extra batteries);

Radio: battery powered or wind-up (extra batteries);

Telephone: as the telephone system may be interrupted it is advisable to have a cell phone available;

First aid kit: include a basic first aid kit;

Special needs items: prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities, food for your pet;

Extra keys: for your car and house;

Cash: include smaller bills, such as $5 and $10 bills and coins;

Candles, matches or lighter.

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