Basic Emergency Kit
Make sure your kit is easy to carry. Keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front door closet. Make sure everyone in the household/family knows where to find the emergency kit.
- Water - at least two litres of water per person per day
- Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
- Manual can-opener
- Flashlight and batteries
- Dust mask
- Seasonal footwear and/or clothing
- Candles and matches or lighter
- Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
- Local maps
- First Aid Kit
- Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
- Extra keys for your car and house
- Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travelers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
- Garbage bags, moist towelettes for personal sanitation if water is unuseable
Creating a plan
When creating a plan for your family to deal with emergencies or potential disasters, keep in mind specific needs that your family members will have:
- Choose an out-of-town contact whom your family can contact in an emergency. This should be someone who lives out of the province or far enough away that they are unlikely to be affected by the same event. Be sure to tell the person that they are your emergency contact.
- Establish a meeting place or somewhere to stay beforehand in the event that you are evacuated. Remember to make plans for pets, as most emergency shelters and hotels will not allow them.
- Learn about your community emergency plans, arrangement and authorities. Know who to call and what to expect in an emergency situation. Know where emergency shelters are and where designated emergency routes are. Find out more about what to expect in an emergency in Pitt Meadows here; what to expect in an evacuation.
- Check on the emergency plan of your children's school or daycare centre. Know whether your children will be kept at school until a designated adult can pick them up or if the child will be sent home on their own. Find out what authorization the school requires to release the child to a designate, in case you cannot pick up your child yourself.
- Learn basic first aid. Be prepared to assist others in an emergency, but remember to tend to your own safety and well-being first; you cannot help others if you are not taken care of.
For more information on preparing yourself and your family for potential emergencies, visit these websites:
Emergency Management BC
Ministry of Health Services
BCSPCA - Disaster Prep - Emergency Planning for Animals