When Disaster Strikes, Could You Survive Until Help Arrives?
When a natural disaster from a severe weather event occurs, it can take first responders as much as 72 hours to reach those in non-critical situations. Don’t wait for disaster to strike. Prepare your basic emergency kit today!
Public Safety Canada recommends that you pack your basic kit with the following items:
2 litres of water per person per day (small bottles are easier to carry in case of an evacuation order)
Canned food, energy bars and other non-perishables
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight and batteries
Battery-powered or wind-up radio and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Special needs items
Prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
- Extra keys for your car and house
Include smaller bills and change for pay phones (travellers’ cheques are handy too)
- Emergency plan
Include a copy of your plan and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contacts
Remember to check the expiry date of applicable items such as medications and infant formula on an annual basis and replace items as necessary.
Source: Insurance Bureau of Canada