Community Partners helping residents develop their own personal emergency preparedness plan.
Video transcript - Get your kit together
An emergency preparedness kit will help ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Preparing one is easy, inexpensive, and quick - in fact, you probably already have most of the items you need.
Your emergency preparedness kit should contain adequate supplies to keep you and your family self-sufficient in your home for at least 72 hours.
Your major needs are going to be water and food, so start by setting aside bottled water.
A general rule of thumb is two litres per person for each day.
Then, collect some non-perishable foods like grain products, meat and alternatives, canned fruits and vegetables, non-perishable milk products, other foods, and additional food supplies.
Set reminders to rotate your emergency foods and water into your regular meals to be sure they don't expire, and replace the items as you use them.
Next, add other important emergency supplies to your kit.
Store all your paper documents in a waterproof and portable container. And don't forget to include a first aid kit.
Assemble all the supplies in an easy-to-carry container and store it in an easy to get to location.
To find out more about what you can do to be prepared, visit Ottawa.ca for more emergency kit ideas, including checklists for your first aid kit, car kit, tips on pet preparedness, and more.