Emergency Preparedness Week – May 5 – 11, 2024

Emergency Preparedness Week – May 5 to 11, 2024


Emergencies can happen at any time so make sure your family is prepared.  Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

This year’s theme is “Plan for Every Season.”

Some risks are natural disasters and natural hazards, including flooding, storms and wildfires, ice storms and hydro outages.

Every household should have an emergency plan and an emergency kit:

The following list includes essential items to have in your emergency kit:

  • food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for three days) and a manual can opener
  • bottled or bagged water (4 litres per person for each day) and backup water purification tablets
  • medication(s)
  • toilet paper and other personal items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) such as medical masks and respirators
  • back up chargers and power banks for cell phone or mobile device
  • cash in small bills
  • portable light source such as a flashlight, headlamp or glow stick
  • radio (crank or battery-run)
  • extra batteries
  • first-aid kit
  • candles and matches/lighter
  • hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • important papers such as a copy of your emergency plan, identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.
  • extra car and house keys
  • whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • zip-lock bag (to keep things dry)
  • garbage bags and duct tape

Additional considerations

The following list includes additional items you may require to meet your household’s unique needs:

  • items for babies and small children such as diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, etc.
  • comfort and sentimental items such as photos of loved ones, irreplaceable items, etc.
  • prescription medication
  • medical supplies, equipment and copies of care/support plans including contact information for doctors or specialists
  • extra pair of glasses or contact lenses and solution (if applicable)
  • pet supplies (learn more on how to keep pets safe in an emergency)
  • any other items specific to your household’s needs

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