Make an emergency kit

During an emergency, you could lose important services, such as electricity, water, phones, and transit.

You might even need to leave your home.

It is important that you make emergency kits – filled with food, water, clothing, medicine, money, and other emergency supplies – for you, your family, and your pets.

Watch this brief video, prepared by the Government of Canada, to learn how to make your own family emergency kit.

Want more help? Print out these emergency kit checklists

While it is possible to purchase ready-made emergency kits, it's easy to make your own. All of the supplies you need are available at most grocery and camping supply stores. Use these lists to help you with your shopping.

If you want to purchase a kit already made, you can find them online, at medical supply stores, and at camping supply stores.

Evacuation (grab-and-go) kit

Every person in your family should have their own customized evacuation kit at home and at work. Keep the kits by the front door, where they will be easy to find if you need to evacuate quickly.

Check your kits twice per year to replace any expired food, batteries, and medicine. A good reminder to check is when changing your clocks for daylight savings in the spring and fall.

  • Backpack or tote bag (to carry the kit items)
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Bottled water
  • Candles and matches or a lighter
  • Clothing and shoes (one change, comfortable and all-season)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Food that requires no cooking
  • Glasses or contacts (case and solution)
  • Identification, insurance papers and other important documents
  • Medication
    NOTE: Before storing any medications, check with your family doctor or pharmacist.
  • Money (including coins)
  • Phone cards
  • Playing cards and games
  • Radio and batteries, or crank radio (to listen to news and public advisories)
  • Toilet paper and personal hygiene supplies
  • Whistle
  • Special items for babies and toddlers
  • Bottled milk
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Toys, crayons, and paper

Home kit

In an addition to your grab-and-go kit, a home kit will help you cope without services for 72 hours. Be sure to replace any expired food regularly.


  • Water - at least four litres per person, per day (half for drinking)
  • Food
  • Canned foods
  • Crackers and biscuits
  • Honey, peanut butter, syrup, and jam
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar
  • Coffee and tea
  • Food preparation equipment
  • Knives, forks, and spoons
  • Disposable cups and plates
  • Manual can opener and bottle opener

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Last modified: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:56:18