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About Emergency Preparedness Week

Take action so that you, your family, and your community are prepared for emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event supported by Public Safety Canada, working closely with provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector who support activities at the local level. An annual event for over 25 years, it traditionally takes place during the first full week of May.

Everyone has a role to play in an emergency. Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity for you to take action to ensure you are prepared to protect yourself, your family and your community during an emergency. This year, the theme is Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything. The intent of this theme is to encourage Canadians to take action to become better prepared for the range of emergencies they could face in their region.

This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.


For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 1-800-830-3118.

This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

Basic Survival Kit

When preparing for a disaster, it is important to have a basic survival kit in place to ensure that you and your family will be able to sustain yourselves for an extended period of time. Here are some items to include in your emergency survival kit:

Basic Equipment
Store these items in a portable container and keep it accessible.

  • Small, fuel-dirven stove and fuel (follow the manufacturer’s directions and store properly).
  • Waterproof matches, plastic garbage bags, duct tape, and paper towels
  • Disposable plates and glasses, knives, forks, spoons, manual can-opener and bottle opener

Food and Water
Keep enough water and non-perishable food to meet your needs for at least 3 days. Check the food and replace the water every year.

  •  At least four litres of bottled water per person, per day
  •  Canned food: soups, stews, beans, pastas, meat, poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables
  •  Energy bars and dried foods
  •  Honey, peanut butter, nuts, syrup, jams, salt and pepper, sugar, instant coffee and tea

Survival Items

  •  Flashlight and spare batteries
  •  Crank or battery-operated radio (portable stereo and headphones)
  •  Candles and matches or lighter
  •  Whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  •  Toiletries, spare eyeglasses and other personal items
  •  First aid kit, prescription drugs
  •  Extra set of keys and money (including small change for pay telephones)
  •  Copies of your important documents (identification, personal papers, etc.)
  •  Winter clothing, boots and blankets or sleeping bags


When preparing your emergency survival kit, keep in mind that all family members could have their own kit and another bag could be devoted to equipment, food and extra bottles of water for the whole family.

Keep special needs in mind. For instance, if you have a baby, don’t forget to include supplies like diapers, powdered milk, a bottle and a pacifier in your emergency kit. Think about the needs of older or handicapped people in your family. If you have pets, put aside a small bag of food for them.

Make copies of all your prescriptions and keep a minimum one-week supply of medications in your emergency kit!

Family Survival Supply Kit


  •  Store water in plastic containers such as clean, soft drink bottles or purchase sealed bottled water in bulk
  •  Store at least four litres of water per person per day (two litres for drinking, two litres for food preparation/sanitation)
  •  Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household
  •  Store water purification tablets or chlorine bleach and an eyedropper to disinfect water


  •  Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  •  If you must heat food, pack a can of commercial heating/cooking fuel or a portable camp cook stove – do not use a barbecue indoors
  •  Rotate your stored food items every six months

 Tools and Supplies

  •  Mess kits or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  •  Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  •  Flashlight and extra batteries
  •  Cash or travelers’ cheques, credit cards, change
  •  Non-electrical can opener, utility knife
  •  Fire extinguisher (small canister, ABC type)
  •  Shut-off wrench to turn off household gas and water
  •  Tube tent
  •  Duct tape
  •  Pliers
  • Compass
  •  Matches in a waterproof container
  •  Aluminum foil
  •  Plastic storage containers
  •  Signal flare
  •  Paper, pencil
  •  Needles, thread

 Non-prescription Drugs

  •  Pain relievers (ie: acetaminophen)
  •  Anti-diarrhea medication
  •  Sun screen (SPF 15 or higher)
  •  Antacid (for stomach upset)
  •  Laxative

 First Aid Kit should include

  •  First Aid manual
  •  Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  •  2 inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  •  4 inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  •  Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  •  Triangular bandages (3)
  •  2 inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  •  3 inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  •  Scissors
  •  Tweezers
  •  Moistened towelettes
  •  Antiseptic or antiseptic towelettes
  •  Thermometer
  •  Tongue depressor (2)
  •  Assorted sizes of safety pins
  •  Cleansing agent/soap
  •  Latex gloves (2 pairs)

 Clothing and Bedding

Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  •  Sturdy shoes or work boots
  •  Rain gear
  •  Blankets or sleeping bags
  •  Hat and gloves, scarves
  •  Thermal underwear
  •  Sweaters

 Special Items:
Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or persons with disabilities

Information taken from the Public Safety Canada website  www.getprepared.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Emergency Survival Kit

In the event of an emergency, everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days.  Make sure that your emergency survival kit has

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio and batteries or crank radio
  • Spare batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Important papers (identification)
  • Food and bottled water
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toilet paper and other personal items
  • Medication
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Playing cards, games


For more information please visit Emergency Management Ontario at www.ontario.ca/emo

First Aid Kit

A variety of first aid kits are available for purchase from your local department store, but you can choose to make your own kit. You will need to include:

  • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Thermometer
  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • 5-centimetre sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 10-centimetre sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • 5-centimetre sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • 10-centimetre sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Cleansing agent and soap
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Antiseptic
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Tube of antifungal or antibiotic ointment
  • Sunscreen
  • Non-prescription medication: aspirin or other pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid and laxative
  • Prescription medication
  • First aid manual

Assemble one first aid kit for your home and one for your vehicle. Check and replenish your kit at least once a year.

Information taken from the Public Safety Canada website www.getprepared.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Outdoor Survival Kit

When going on outdoor excursions, whether it be summer or winter, take along a basic outdoor survival kit in case of emergency. You should be sure to have:

  • Matches (in a waterproof container)
  • Orange plastic garbage bags (to keep you warm and dry)
  • High-energy snacks (granola bars or trail mix)
  • Whistle
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass (know how to use it!)
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Reflector or hand mirror (for signalling)
  • Insect repellent
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Plastic bandages

Be sure to replenish your kit at least once a year!

Information taken from the Public Safety Canada Website www.getprepared.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Vehicle Survival Kit

Every driver should carry a survival kit in his or her vehicle. Here are some important items to consider:

  • Booster cables. The thicker the better. Look for four or six-gauge cables.
  • Vehicle fluids. These include windshield washer fluid, gas-line antifreeze, motor oil, transmission oil, power steering fuel, brake fluid, anti-freeze, and rags for wiping
  • dipsticks so fluid levels can be checked properly.
  • An approved container able to hold up to four litres of gasoline.
  • Emergency flares. If you ever have to use them, remember to place them at least 15 metres away from your car to give other drivers adequate warning of the problem.
  • Sand, salt or kitty litter during winter. This comes in handy when stuck and wheels are spinning on ice.
  • Emergency food and water pack.
  • Shovel and axe or hatchet.
  • A mini air compressor to help inflate a flat tire and/or puncture seal gels.
  • A tire gauge for measuring the air pressure in your tires.
  • Spare fuses. Carry an assortment that includes at least one of 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 35 and 30 amp fuses.
  • A flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Tool kit, including a good quality screwdriver set with a flat head, Phillips head, Robertson head, and Torx head, pliers, small hammer, utility knife, ratchet socket set, a four-way wrench, Vice-Grip pliers, seatbelt cutter, rolls of electrical and duct tape.
  • First aid kit
  • A blanket (the special “survival” blankets are best)
  • An emergency candle and camping matches
  • Road maps
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Fire extinguisher (ABC type)
  • Tow rope
  • Whistle

Always remember to keep your vehicle serviced regularly. Keep your gas tank at least half full. Drive carefully!

Information taken from the Public Safety Canada website www.getprepared.gc.ca/index_e.asp

Pet Survival

View the Pet Emergency Survival Kit Checklist

Emergency Preparedness Activities

View the Water Safety Quiz

View the “Is it an Emergency” Spinner Game

View the Children’s Activity Booklet

View the Emergency Survival Kit Card Game

View the Pets and Emergencies Crossword Puzzle

View the Emergency Survival Kit Bookmark

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