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Tips from the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office

During an emergency you may be without electricity or running water. You should have some basic supplies prepared so you and your family can be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Make sure your family’s emergency kit is easy to carry. For example, keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels. Store it in an easily-accessible place and make sure that everyone knows where it is. Check your kit twice a year and replace any outdated items. Food and water should be replaced once a year.

Basic Emergency Kit:

  • Water (at least two litres per person per day). Use small bottles that can be carried in case of an evacuation order.
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned or dried foods and energy bars.
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Cash (small bills) and change (for pay phones)
  • First-aid kit
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Emergency plan and contact information
  • Medications, important documents, infant formula, pet food, special items for family members with disabilities or special needs, or any other items necessary to personalize your kit

Recommended Additional Items:

  • Additional two litres of water per person per day (for cooking, cleaning, etc.)
  • Change of clothing and footwear for each family member
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Household chlorine bleach or water purifying tablets
  • Basic tools (hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, wrench, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife)
  • Small fuel-driven stove with fuel (follow manufacturer’s directions and store properly)
  • Duct tape (e.g. to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.)
  • Whistle (to attract attention)

You can find out more information by visiting the EMO website here.