72-hour Emergency Kit
Every household should have an emergency kit to sustain them for at least 72 hours, preferably one week. The kit contains enough food and water for all family members and pets as well as seasonal clothing, medications, toiletries, copies of important documents, first aid supplies, flashlight, radio, and other items.
The kit is meant to sustain the household if they need to shelter in place (for example, during a storm or extended power outage), or if they need to leave home in case of an evacuation.
Example of the contents of a kit for 3 people
Stored in a wheeled bin or plastic totes
(note expiry dates of perishables and replace as needed)
36L water in 9.5L and 4L sealed jugs
Cans of beans
Instant noodle soup
Coffee and tea
First aid kit
Lifestraw water filters
Cell phone chargers
Change of clothes
2 rolls toilet paper
Empty yogurt containers
Tylenol and ibuprophen
Diapers/ baby needs
Cash in small bills
Kids' comfort items
A list taped to the top of the kit serves as a reminder of what other essential items to bring that aren't in the kit. For example, purse, cell phone, pet kennel, "go box".
A list of contact numbers and the family plan can be taped to the inside of the kit's lid, along with a list of the kit's contents.