Creating your 72-Hour Emergency Kit

Posted by Justin Havre on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 2:35pm.

You may not think that you need an emergency kit, but it's an important thing to create. Every home should have a 72-hour emergency kit. Whether it will keep you prepared during a flood or another type of emergency, you need to be prepared. Here are some of the things you should add to your kit.

There are specific steps you must take to be prepared for the potential flooding experienced throughout Calgary, similar to last year. The three steps you should take include:

  • Understanding the Risks
  • Creating a Plan
  • Creating your Emergency Kit

Many man-made and natural hazards could happen throughout the city from flooding to massive snow storms. As you create your plan, make sure you know the escape routes and have emergency contact numbers available where everybody can find them.

  • Your emergency kit should include:
  • Bottled Water - Four litres minimum
  • Dried and Canned Food- For three days
  • Utensils
  • A Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Prescription Medication
  • A Manual Can opener
  • A Camp Stove or a non-electric stove
  • Battery operated radio
  • Waterproof Matches
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Cash - Small bills
  • Plastic Garbage Bags
  • A Pre-Paid Cell Phone with Minutes and a Full Battery
  • Your Emergency Plan and Emergency Contact Numbers

The kit should be enough to last your family a full three days. This should give emergency crews enough time to get help to you, in the event of an emergency.

Once you've created your kit, you should store it in a safe and accessible area of your home. Make sure the entire family knows where it is and how to use the items within the kit.

Don't think an emergency cannot happen to you. If you do, you may be stuck without the necessities, while you wait for an emergency crew to find you.

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