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Blog/ How to Build Your Family’s Emergency Preparedness Kit May 5, 2018

How to Build Your Family’s Emergency Preparedness Kit

It’s finally warming up through much of the country, and with the spring comes warm weather, blossoming flowers, and beautiful…thunderstorms?! Spring in Canada can bring severe weather in the form of lightening, tornadoes, and subsequent flooding. Ontario battled a wind storm this week which caused thousands to be out of power for hours, and caused the death of two people.

While we all love being outside without our winter jackets, the sun on our face and breeze blowing through our hair, take a moment this week with your family to ensure you are prepared in the event of severe weather this spring.

To help get you started, we’ve listed out the essential supplies you need to create an emergency kit in your home that will get you through the first 72 hours of a severe weather event.

  1. Water – always an essential. Each person in your family needs 2 litres per day, and this should be in bottles. Don’t assume water will keep flowing through your faucets in an emergency.
  2. Food – another essential. Canned items, peanut butter, granola, and protein bars are a good place to start. Don’t forget a can opener in your kit, too.
  3. Flashlights – when the powers out, you don’t want to wish you had planned ahead for this one. Ensure you have plenty of spare batteries as well (as a bonus, add a battery-powered radio in your kit, too).
  4. Candles – also good when the power is out. Ensure you have matches and/or a lighter for this, too.
  5. Any prescription medication or special food items needed for infants or pets in your home.
  6. First aid kit – this is another essential in the event of an emergency.

These six items are a start to building an emergency kit to store in your home. Make certain everyone in your family knows where it is and replace certain items yearly (food and batteries). A variation of this kit can be stored in your car, as well.

Feel free to save this infographic to your phone to create your own kit:

In addition to the emergency kit, discuss a plan with your family for different types of emergency situations, including those in which you do not have access to your cell phones. Planning ahead can save your life.

In the aftermath of any disaster, don’t hesitate to call DKI Canada to help you put your home and life back in order: 1-855-DKI-2DAY.

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