Ministry of Justice
Building an Emergency Kit
VICTORIA – Running May 6-12, Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that gives the Province the opportunity to remind families how to prepare for being caught in an emergency or a disaster.
British Columbians know that the province experiences a wide range of events like wildfires, earthquakes, flooding and severe weather. Preparing a 72-hour emergency kit is easy to do, can be done at a low cost, and is one of the most important things a family can do to ensure their well-being in the event of an emergency.
What you need in a basic home emergency kit:
· Water – two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order).
· Food – canned food, energy bars and dried foods that will not spoil (remember to replace the food and water once a year).
· 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 or equipment for people with disabilities.
· Extra keys for your car and house.
· Cash – include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers’ cheques are also useful) and change for payphones.
· Emergency plan – include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information.
· A copy of important documents – birth certificate, passport, BC CareCard, insurance, photos of family members.
· Pet food.
Some recommended items:
· A change of clothing and footwear for each household member.
· Sleeping bag or warm (foil) 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 (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves).
· Small fuel-driven stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's directions and store properly).
· Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning.
In addition to the above home kit, it’s also important to have a ‘Grab & Go Kit’ that is light and portable in case you have to leave your home with little or no notice. Suggested items for this kit can be found here: http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/personal_preparedness.html
Disaster preparedness kits can be purchased from the Canadian Red Cross by going to their website: www.redcross.ca
To learn more about how you can be prepared for a disaster, visit the Emergency Management BC website at: www.pep.bc.ca
and the Public Safety Canada website at: www.getprepared.gc.ca
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