Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared for a flood? Would you be ready to cope with lack of water for several days? Do you have safety essentials to assist you during a sustained power outage?

Being prepared means being safe. Take the time to create a 72-hour emergency kit and ensure that you check it twice each year—a great reminder is when the clocks change. A short list of items to include in your emergency kit can be found below.

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Basic Supplies

  • Non-perishable food and manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights and batteries (or wind-up)
  • Candles and matches lighters
  • Warm blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Enough fuel in your vehicle to drive to safety
  • Prescription medications

First Aid Kit

  • Sterile gauze pads in small and large squares
  • Adhesive tape and bandages in assorted sizes
  • Scissors, tweezers and safety pins
  • Instant ice packs
  • Disposable non-latex gloves
  • Antiseptic wipes or soap
  • Thermometer
  • First aid manual

Know Your Home

Plug with two prongs.
Understand the various types of equipment in your home and how to protect them during a power outage.
Computer monitor
Install surge protection devices on important equipment, like computers and televisions.
Graphic of lines with curls at the ends to show blowing air
Eliminate air leaks around windows, doors, air vents and electrical outlets to keep cold and hot air out.
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Additional Recommendations

Visit the Government of Canada website for more tips on what to include in your emergency preparedness kit.