72 Hours - Are You Prepared?
Being prepared for an event where you might have to go without basic services for 24 hours or longer is a real possibility for some Canadians. Being prepared for 72 hours is the recommended standard for Canadians. There are many great resources online to help you with preparing your kit, and this is a good place to start your research: www.getprepared.gc.ca.
As a guideline, you should be prepared for at least 72 hours with the following essentials.
Water: keep 2 litres of water per person per day for 3 days.
Food: stock non-perishable food, like canned food, energy bars and dried food. With canned food, be sure to include a manual can opener.
First aid kit: a basic kit includes gauze, bandages, a bandana, antiseptics, antibiotic ointment and pain relievers, such as Tylenol.
Clothing/Bedding: include warm clothing and rain gear that is waterproof or water resistant. Sleeping bags are a convenient bedding solution.
Emergency supplies: keep a supply of matches, flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries. Special Items include: family members' needs, like a spare inhaler. Also include some back-up cash, and copies of important documents, such as birth certificates.