Emergencies can occur at any time.  Being prepared is the best strategy for you and your family.  Would you be able to be self sufficient for a minimum of 72-hours while emergency workers care for critically injured individuals?

It is best practice to be prepared to be self sufficient for at least 72-hours.  Also, planning for reunification with your family and loved ones will quickly provide piece of mind to begin focusing on recovery.

The following information is intended to help you prepare yourself and your family for handling an emergency.  By taking a few simples steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies at anytime.

Know Your Risks and Make a Plan

The Provincial Emergency Preparedness program has compiled information to assist in preparing yourself and your family for an emergency.

Public Safety Canada's Get Prepared‌ brochure has useful information for helping you and your family become self sufficient for 72hrs.

Personal Preparedness Kit (Suggestion for 72hrs):

  • Water - 4L/person/day, don't forget the bowl for the pet
  • Water purification tablets or bleach
  • 72-hrs of non-perishable food per person, including pets
  • Manual can opener
  • Crank flashlight (if using battery operated, extra batteries)
  • Crank radio (if using battery operated, extra batteries)
  • Consider solar recharger
  • Extra keys
  • First aid kit & prescription medication
  • Cash - small bills and coin
  • Special needs items - diapers, formula, cane, wheelchair, oxygen tank, other medical supplies
  • Matches
  • Changes of clothing
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Jacket and raincoat
  • Tool kit
  • Rope
  • Tarps
  • Camping gear
  • Toiletries & toilet paper
  • Bucket
  • Plasticize for storage
  • Utensils
  • Liquid soap for cleaning
  • Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Towels
  • Duct tape
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Scissors
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Important documents
  • Collapsible shovel
  • Consider a walkie-talkie set
  • Area maps
  • Vehicle emergency kit
  • Family Emergency Plan
  • Emergency contact list

Store in easily portable containers, e.g. backpacks, luggage on wheels, totes, hockey bags, near exit doors or in your garage for quick access.  Consider a similar kit for your vehicle

* After an earthquake it would not be unrealistic to have to completely fend for yourself for up to four weeks.

** Several retailers and NGOs offer pre-made 72-hr kits for sale in BC.

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