Being prepared: 72-hour kit

Be prepared: make a 72-hour emergency kit.

Every household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

What is an emergency plan?

Every household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations.

Both the Canadian Government and the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services have online emergency plan outlines that you can use to create your own plan.

What is an emergency kit?

Your emergency survival kit should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least 3 days immediately following an emergency. It should also be portable enough to take with you in the case of an evacuation.

What should go into an emergency kit?

Prepare and carry with you an emergency health information card. This will help you to communicate if you are found unconscious or incoherent. Include information about your medications, adaptive equipment, blood type, allergies and sensitivities, insurance numbers, immunization dates, communication difficulties, and preferred treatment, as well as contact information for your health providers, personal support network, and emergency contacts.

For older people and people with disabilities

Set up a personal support network

Personal care assistance

For persons using a wheelchair

For persons who are blind or visually impaired

For persons who are hearing impaired

For persons with communication disabilities

For pets

For children


This item was last modified on May 5, 2016