Emergency Preparedness can mean different things to different people. Generally, it is recommended that you and your family are prepared for 72 hours in case an emergency hits.
What To Keep In An Emergency Preparedness Kit:
Water (recommended 2 L/person/day)
Food (prevent spoilage by using canned goods, energy bars, and other dried foods)
Manual can-opener to open canned goods
Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
First aid kit (bandages, alcohol/hydrogen peroxide, etc.)
Extra keys for home and vehicles
Some cash, preferably in smaller bills
A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
Candles and matches/lighter
Change of clothing/footwear for each household member
Basic tools (plyers, hammer, screwdriver, pocket knife, work gloves)
A whistle, to attract attention
Vulnerable Groups and Emergency Preparedness
If you have identified yourself as belonging to a vulnerable group, there may be extra considerations in case of an emergency event. Below are some of the items you may want/need to include in an Emergency Preparedness Kit:
Equipment for people with disabilities (may include fresh water to run equipment)
Food/water for pets
Reliable transportation in case of mobility issues (people with disabilities, people with children)
Ways to contact emergency services in case of power/telephone/internet outage
While some of us may be fortunate enough to never be in an emergency situation, it pays to be prepared. Understanding what weather events or risks may create an emergency situation is critical. Moreover, one can have added security by ensuring their insurance is up to date and covers the most common natural disasters for your area.
It is also helpful to develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan that you share with your family members. This can include emergency contact numbers, where to go in case family members are not together, and how to exit your house in case of an emergency.