It is important to have an emergency kit in your home, your car and when you travel abroad. If you have to evacuate your home, you will need several items that are essential to your well-being. Make sure you take them with you.
The emergency kit in your home must contain enough items and food for your family to get through the first 72 hours after a disaster.
Keep your emergency kit in a place that is easy to reach and tell the members of your family where it is stored. Check its contents yearly and, if necessary, replace water and any other items that have been used.
The emergency kit in your home should contain several items that are essential in an emergency. Remember to include photocopies of any documents that would be useful to have on hand (for each member of your family):
- Identity papers
- Insurance policies
- Prescriptions for medication and glasses
- A safety plan and a list of emergency contacts
Should you have to evacuate your home at the request of authorities or on your own initiative, you will have to take other essential items with you.
- If you have young children: items that are essential to their day-to-day needs: food, hygiene products, etc.
- If you have a pet or a service animal: leash, food, medication, a pet carrier, collar with an ID tag, etc.
- For people with special needs: medication, medical supplies and specialized equipment or devices.
An emergency kit for your car (in French only) can be useful if your vehicle breaks down or in case of a snowstorm. Make sure you keep the kit in your vehicle at all times.
Travelling abroad involves certain risks. In case of a disaster, it can be very useful to have an emergency kit with you. Your emergency travel kit should contain the following:
Add to that for all family members travelling with you:
- Photocopies of passports
- Photocopies of prescriptions for medication, along with the names of the generic equivalents
- Survival blankets
Place your emergency kit in your checked baggage, not in your carry-on baggage.
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