So what would you do if disaster struck your home or your town? Would you be ready to wait out the flood waters or deal with the kinds of power outages now plaguing parts of the eastern United States?
Public Safety Canada and the Red Cross both recommend having an emergency plan that can help you survive up to 72 hours. It’s pretty simple and highly recommended.
Here are the basic supplies for an emergency kit that you can put together yourself.
Water – Two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
Food – Food that won’t spoil, such as canned meats and vegetables, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
Manual can opener
Flashlight and batteries Battery-powered or wind-up radio
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