Emergency Kits

Everybody can be more prepared for emergencies. Having an emergency kit is a great start.
Photo of trunk of car with emergency items in it

It is best if you have a basic emergency kit in your home and a vehicle emergency kit in your car. Below are itemized lists of the items we suggest you have in each kit.

Basic Emergency Kit

  • Water: two litres of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable food: select items that do not require heat and/or water for preparation
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery powered or wind up radio
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications (week supply, if possible)
  • Infant formula, diapers and children's items
  • Equipment required for people with special needs or disabilities
  • Extra keys for house and vehicles
  • Cash
  • Copy of your family emergency plan
  • Change of clothing and footwear
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet paper and other personal care items
  • Basic tools
  • Small fuel stove and fuel: Always follow manufacturer's directions. DO NOT use barbeques, fuel stoves or open flames indoors.
  • Copies of personal documents, such as passports, birth certificates, insurance documents
  • Candles and matches

* Update your kit and your emergency plan annually or if your family situation changes. Replace food, water, and batteries.

Vehicle Emergency Kit

  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Warm clothes and boots for every traveler
  • Blankets
  • Glow sticks (instead of candles)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Crank or battery-operated radio
  • Small shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Booster cables
  • First aid kit
  • Safety cones
  • Small toolbox

* Update your vehicle emergency kit for each season. Replace food, water, and batteries as required.