Build Your Own Kit

Having essential supplies handy in an emergency is a vital part of preparedness. A basic kit enables survival for a minimum of seven days.

What to Put in Your Kit

  • At least four litres of water per person per day (2L for drinking, and 2L for hygiene and cooking)
  • Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones
  • A copy of your emergency plan including contact information

Additional Supplies

  • Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
  • A whistle in case you need to attract attention
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
  • Safety gloves
  • Basic tools like a hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves
  • Small fuel-driven stove and fuel
  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
  • Copies of personal documents such as passport and birth certificate
  • Candles and matches or lighter

If you have a pet, have dry food and water for seven days along with any special medication.