Prepare an emergency kit

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.

Emergency kit for your home

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

Essential items to take with you in case of evacuation

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.

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Emergency kit for your car

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.

Emergency kit for travelling abroad

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:

  • A sheet of paper containing the following information:
  • A photocopy of your travel insurance or a card containing contact information to reach your insurer
  • International calling card
  • Credit card
  • Emergency blanket
  • First aid
  • Medication

You should always have first aid supplies and medication in your emergency kit, regardless of your country of destination. Some items could be hard to find outside Canada or be different from the ones available at home. It is also a good idea to bring more medication than you need, in case you are delayed or have to extend your trip.

Also include the following for each member of the family travelling with you:

  • Photocopy of passport
  • Photocopies of prescriptions for medication and eyeglasses, as well as a list of generic names of the medications
  • Photocopy of immunization record

Place the emergency kit in your checked luggage, not your carry on.

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