Emergency Preparedness  is everyone’s responsibility. Some individuals may not have the support or capacity to deal with emergencies. Reach out to neighbours, family and friends who may be vulnerable or unable to support themselves during an emergency. In the event of an emergency, everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days.

An Emergency Survival Kit contains all the basic items you and your family need to remain comfortable for at least 72 hours. Keep your kit in an easy to carry bag and check the contents twice each year to ensure the freshness of your food and water.

❏ Non-perishable food
❏ Manual can opener
❏ Bottled water (4L per person, per day)
❏ Flashlight (w/batteries) or crank flashlight
❏ Radio (w/batteries) or crank radio
❏ Candles and matches/lighter
❏ First-aid kit
❏ Whistle
❏ Clothing and footwear
❏ Blankets or sleeping bags
❏ Toilet paper and other personal items
❏ Extra keys and cash
❏ Important papers (identification, insurance)
❏ Playing cards

It is important to customize your kit to meet the needs of your family. If you or someone in your household has a disability or special need, check out the Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs at  www.ontario.ca/beprepared for additional information on what to include in your emergency survival kit and family plan

Pet Emergency Survival Kit
If you have pets at home, include them in your family emergency plan. Build a pet emergency survival kit and keep it with your family kit. The contents of the kit will vary for different kinds of animals.
❏ Food and water
❏ Bowls, manual can opener, spoon and plastic bags
❏ Up-to-date ID tag (microchipping is also recommended)
❏ Current photo of your pet with you in case you get separated
❏ Emergency contact list of pet friendly hotels/motels outside your area, friends, relatives and your veterinarian
❏ Copies of medical records, including proof of vaccinations
❏ Information on feeding schedule, medical or behavioural problems
❏ Medications and first aid kit
❏ Familiar bedding materials, small toy and brush
❏ Leash, collar or harness, muzzle (dogs)
❏ Litter/pan and scooper (cats), poop n’ scoop bags (dogs)
❏ Carrier large enough to transport and house your pet
If safety permits, pets should not be left behind in an evacuation. Make arrangements to take your pet to an animal-friendly place as you may not be able to take your pet with you to an evacuation shelter.


Learn about the hazards most common to your area and know what to do for each hazard. These actions may save your life.


›Stay away from moving water
›Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves (if instructed to do so)
›Move to higher ground if there is a possibility of a flash flood


›Go to a basement, safe room or the centre of an interior room
›Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck
› If you are outside, go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter, or lay flat in a ditch and cover your head with your hands

Winter Storm

›Stay indoors and keep your pets inside
›Run a trickle of water to prevent pipes from freezing
› If you are outside, dress appropriately for the weather and check for frostbite regularly

Power Outage
›Use a battery powered or crank radio to listen for updates
›Use glow sticks or flashlights to see
›Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible
› If you are outdoors, never go near or touch a fallen power line

For more information on how to be better prepared, visit http://www.ontario.ca/beprepared