Keep originals of important documents in a safe deposit box, and make two copies of each document. Keep one set of copies in a waterproof, fire-resistant, portable container in your home and give the other set to an out-of-town relative or friend.
- Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, vehicle titles, stocks and bonds
- Passports, driver's licenses, work identification badges, social security cards, immunization records
- List of bank account names and numbers and credit card names and numbers
- Inventory of valuable household goods
- Important telephone and cell phone numbers
- Family records (birth, marriage, adoption, and death certificates)
- For your pets, vaccination and veterinary records, photo of pet and you together.
- Pet Evacuation Emergency Checklist (PDF)
Prepare Emergency Kits
Basic Emergency Kit
Keep in a backpack or duffel bag near your door, in a convenient place known to all family members.
- A portable radio or television and extra batteries (or hand-crank radios)
- Flashlight and extra batteries, or hand-crank flashlight
- First aid kit and first aid manual
- Supply of prescription medications, and copy of prescription
- Credit card and cash
- Personal identification
- An extra set of car keys
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Signal flare
- Map of the area and telephone numbers of places you could go
- Hearing aid batteries, spare wheelchair battery, spare eyeglasses, or other physical needs.
- Diapers and infant formula
Emergency Food and Water Kit
- At least two litres of drinking water per person per day
- Canned food: soups, stews, baked beans, pasta, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits
- Crackers and biscuits, energy bars and dried foods
- Honey, peanut butter, syrup, jam, salt and pepper, sugar, instant coffee, tea
- Knives, forks, spoons, cups and plates
- Manual can opener, bottle opener
Emergency Evacuation Kit
In an easy to carry, labelled container, enough for 72 hours: Basic emergency kit and emergency food and water kit plus,
- Cooking fuel;
- Household liquid bleach to treat drinking water; sugar, salt, pepper; aluminium foil; plastic resealable bags
- One complete change of clothing and footwear for each family member, sturdy shoes or work boots, rain gear, hat and gloves, thermal underwear, sunglasses
- Blankets or sleeping bag for each family member
- Paper, pencil; needles and thread; pliers, duct tape; medicine dropper; whistle; plastic sheeting; small canister;
- Sanitation and hygiene items: toilet paper, towelettes; soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent; feminine supplies; shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb and brush, lip balm; plastic garbage bags (heavy-duty) and ties (for personal sanitation uses); medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid; disinfectant; household chlorine bleach;
- Entertainment, such as games and books
Home Emergency Kit
Basic Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit plus,
- Wrench to turn off household gas and water. Keep it near the shut-off valves.
- A week's supply of non perishable food and water.
- Additional blankets and sleeping bags.
- Food that won't spoil (such as energy bars)
- Extra clothing and shoes
- Matches, and a candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
- First aid kit
- Seatbelt cutter
- Warning light or road flares
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- List of contact numbers
- Tow rope
- Booster cables
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
- Traction mats
- Fire extinguisher
- Cloth or roll of paper towels
- Road maps, whistle and flashlight
- Axe or hatchet
Find out more on how to create your own Emergency Preparedness Plan and 72 Hour Kit.
- If my neighbourhood is being evacuated and I’m elsewhere, can I go home?
- If my children are at school and I receive an evacuation order, can I go get them?
- My neighbourhood is being evacuated, my pets are at home unattended and I’m at work. Can I go get them?
- How do I find out if there’s an emergency? How do I find out if there is an evacuation order?
- I don’t have a vehicle. How do I evacuate with my belongings?
- My neighbour is elderly, or disabled. How will they be taken care of?