In the case of an wildfire or other emergency, having an emergency kit on hand is extremely important.
Put your supplies in a container or duffel bag and store them in an easily-accessible area of your home, such as your hall closet, spare guest room or garage.
Here are some recommended items to include:
- Non-perishable food: three-day to one-week supply, with a manual can opener
- Water: four litres per person, per day for drinking and sanitation
- Phone charger, battery bank or inverter
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight
- Extra batteries
- First-aid kit and medications
- Personal toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
- Copy of your emergency plan, copies of important documents, such as insurance papers
- Cash in small bills
- Garbage bags and moist towelettes for personal sanitation
- Seasonal clothing, sturdy footwear and emergency blanket
- Dust masks if you live in an area that’s prone to earthquakes
Remember to consider the unique needs of your household as well. For instance, since we live in the Okanagan it may be smart to have extra water on hand.
Click here to visit the British Columbia Government website with more resources on emergency preparedness.
It is also important to have a grab-and-go bag on hand in the case that you are unable to bring your emergency kits with you. The grab-and-go bag is a smaller version of your emergency kit.
Making an emergency kit doesn’t have to be expensive either. Many of these household items can be found at your local Walmart or local superstore.
Protect yourself and your loved ones by being prepared!