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At home
In the car

At home

The Emergency Survival Checklist below outlines the basic items every individual should have:

*      Flashlight and batteries

*      Radio and batteries or crank radio

*      Spare batteries (for radio and flashlight)

*      First-aid kit

*      Telephone that can work during a power disruption

*      Candles and matches/lighter

*      Extra car keys and cash

*      Important papers (identification)

*      Non-perishable food (ready-to-eat items that do not require refrigeration)

*      Manual can opener

*      Bottled water (4 litres per person per day)

*      Clothing and footwear

*      Blankets or sleeping bag

*      Toilet paper and other personal items

*      Medication

*      Backpack/duffle bag

*      Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)

*      Playing cards

Since emergency supply requirements vary for individuals with special needs and different disabilities, please refer to the Emergency Preparedness Guide for People With Disabilities/Special Needs.

Remember that families with babies and toddlers will have additional needs. Remember to include things like diapers, baby food and formula, bottles/sippy cups, toys, crayons and paper etc.

In the car

Basic supplies in your car will help keep you safe and provide comfort in case you become stranded in your car. Your car emergency survival kit should include:

*      Shovel

*      Sand, salt or kitty litter for traction

*      Traction mats

*      Tow chain or rope

*      Compass

*      Cloth or roll of paper towels

*      Warning light or road flares

*      Extra clothing and footwear

*      Non-perishable food and water

*      Axe or hatchet

*      Small tool kit

*      Booster cables

*      Ice scraper and brush

*      Road maps

*      Matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)

*      Fire extinguisher

*      Methyl hydrate (for fuel line and windshield de-icing)

*      Flashlight and batteries

*      First-aid kit with seatbelt cutter

*      Blanket


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