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The items listed below are most likely what you will need to take with you in an evacuation.

Consider these items as your portable home. Pack each item in a tightly sealed plastic bag and store these in containers that are easily carried, such as backpacks or duffel bags.


Pack at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food. Select foods that are compact, light weight and require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water:

  • canned meat, fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix, nuts
  • comfort food - cookies, coffee, tea, favorite treats
  • paper plates, cups, utensils
  • manual can opener, pocket knife


  • one complete change of clothing per person (updated annually), plus: jacket, heavy socks, mitts, and toque (depending on the season)
  • sleeping bags or blankets
  • toilet paper, paper towels, wet wipes
  • soap, liquid detergent
  • feminine hygiene items
  • baby supplies
  • medications, toothbrush, tooth paste
  • first aid kit -- St. John Ambulance or Red Cross
  • financial and personal records


  • battery or wind up radio
  • flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • a whistle
  • candles, matches/lighter
  • cellular phone


2 litres per person per day for drinking & 2 litres per person per day for cooking and sanitation (one day's supply), changed every 6 months to keep fresh. Purify water before use.