72 Hour Kit
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Be Prepared

Emergencies or disasters can sometimes make it unsafe for people to leave their homes for extended periods. Severe weather or long-term power outages may make it necessary for each household to take care of its own needs until the disaster abates, or until local officials and/or relief workers are able to help.

Prepare for a disaster before it strikes. Assemble a 72-hour Emergency Kit to keep in your home to survive on your own for at least three days without utilities and outside sources of food and water.

To prepare your kit:

Review the suggested checklist below and determine which tools and supplies your family would need to survive without power and outside sources of food and water for three days. As each family has different needs, use the following checklist as a guide, revising or adding to it as necessary to meet the needs of your family

Assemble your Emergency Kit


There are six basics you should stock in your home:

water, food, first aid supplies, tools and supplies, clothing and bedding, and special items. Keep the items that you

would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container-suggested items are marked with an asterisk (*).

Possible containers include:

  • A large, covered trash or storage container
  • A camping backpack
  • A duffel bag

Water (Also See Preparing an Emergency Water Supply)

Store four litres of water per person per day (two litres for drinking, two litres for food preparation/sanitation)*

Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household

Store purification tablets or chlorine bleach and an eyedropper to disinfect water

Food (Also See Preparing an Emergency Food Supply)

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water

If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno or other heat source. Select food items that are compact and lightweight

Include a selection of the following foods in you 72 Hour Emergency Kit:

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables

Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)

Staples such as: sugar, salt, pepper, spices

High energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix)

Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets

Comfort /stress foods- cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate

Also include a Standard First Aid Kit:

Non-prescription drugs

Remember to fill up your vehicle with gas

Personal care items

Tools and supplies

Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils

Battery operated radio and extra batteries*

Flashlight and extra batteries

Cash or traveler’s cheques, credit cards, change

Non-electric can opener, utility knife

Fire Extinguisher (small canister, ABC type)

Duct tape

Matches in a waterproof container

Aluminum foil

Plastic storage containers

Paper, pencil


Plastic sheeting

Map of your community

Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation use) Plastic bucket with tight lid

Household chlorine bleach, unscented

Emergency blanket



Telephone that does not rely on electricity

Emergency heat source

Camp stove

An extra set of car & house keys

Clothing and bedding

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

Sturdy shoes or work boots*

Rain gear*

Blankets or sleeping bags* Hat and gloves, scarves* Underwear*


Special items

Remember family members with special needs, such as infants, elderly, and/or persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

For baby*

Formula with extra sterile water to mix (if powdered or concentrate) Bottles

Disposable diapers

Diaper Wipes

Petroleum jelly

Extra clothing as babies may soil more clothing than older children Snowsuit if cold



For children and adults*

Prescription and non-prescription medications (7 days supply) Contact lenses and supplies

Denture needs

Extra eye glasses

Hearing aids and batteries

Entertainment – games and books

Important family documents

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container or a bank safety deposit box: Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds

Passport, social insurance cards, health card, immunization records

Bank account numbers

Credit card account numbers and companies

Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Current photos of family members in case you are separated in an emergency

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