Be Prepared

Build an Emergency Survival Kit

Your emergency survival kit should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least 72 hours immediately following an emergency.

As recommended by Emergency Management Ontario, the following list is broken down into the essentials, items you may need to meet your family’s unique needs, and items to have ready in case you have to leave your home.

What to put in your kit


  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for three days) and a manual can opener.
  • Bottled water (four litres per person for each day).
  • Medication(s).
  • Flashlight.
  • Radio (crank or battery-run).
  • Extra batteries.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Candles and matches/lighter.
  • Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes.
  • Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.).
  • Extra car keys and cash.
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed).
  • Zip-lock bag (to keep things dry).
  • Garbage bags.
  • Battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide alarms


Special Considerations

  • Items for babies and small children – diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items.
  • Prescription medication.
  • Medical supplies and equipment.
  • Pet food and supplies.
  • Any other items specific to your family’s needs.


Extra Supplies for Evacuation

  • Clothes, shoes.
  • Sleeping bags or blankets.
  • Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries).
  • Playing cards, travel games, other activities for children.


Other Tips

  • Pack the contents of your kit in an easy-to-carry bag(s) or a case on wheels.
  • Store your kit in a place that is easy to reach, and ensure everyone in your family knows where it is.
  • Your kit does not have to be built overnight. Spread your shopping over a few weeks. Purchase a few items every time you go to the store.
  • Women who are breastfeeding are encouraged to continue during emergencies and evacuations.Breastfeeding is a safe and secure source of food and comfort for mothers and babies.
  • Your water supply is meant to cover what you would drink as well as what you might need for food preparation, hygiene and dishwashing.
  • Check and refresh your kit twice a year – when clocks shift to/from daylight savings time is a good time. Check all expiry dates and replace food and water with a fresh supply. Check batteries and replace as needed.
  • Keep your cell phone or mobile device fully charged.


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