Make an emergency kit

During an emergency, you could lose important services, such as electricity, water, phones, and transit.

You might even need to leave your home.

It is important that you make emergency kits – filled with food, water, clothing, medicine, money, and other emergency supplies – for you, your family, and your pets.

Want more help? Print out these emergency kit checklists

While it is possible to purchase ready-made emergency kits, it's easy to make your own. All of the supplies you need are available at most grocery and camping supply stores. Use these lists to help you with your shopping.

If you want to purchase a kit already made, you can find them online, at medical supply stores, and at camping supply stores.

  • Backpack or tote bag (to carry the kit items)
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Bottled water
  • Candles and matches or a lighter
  • Clothing and shoes (one change, comfortable and all-season)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Food that requires no cooking
  • Glasses or contacts (case and solution)
  • Identification, insurance papers and other important documents
  • Medication
    NOTE: Before storing any medications, check with your family doctor or pharmacist.
  • Money (including coins)
  • Phone cards
  • Playing cards and games
  • Radio and batteries, or crank radio (to listen to news and public advisories)
  • Toilet paper and personal hygiene supplies
  • Whistle
  • Special items for babies and toddlers
  • Bottled milk
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Toys, crayons, and paper
  • Water - at least four litres per person, per day (half for drinking)
  • Food
  • Canned foods
  • Crackers and biscuits
  • Honey, peanut butter, syrup, and jam
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar
  • Coffee and tea
  • Food preparation equipment
  • Knives, forks, and spoons
  • Disposable cups and plates
  • Manual can opener and bottle opener