What's missing in your emergency kit ?

By Melinna Mills

It’s finally spring in Canada! With rising temperatures and April showers - flooding season is upon us. Flooding has already impacted many parts of Canada, now is the time to be ready and protect yourself and your family in case of a flood.

Women standing in flooded area
One of the best ways to be flood ready is to have an emergency kit in your home with enough supplies to meet your family’s needs for at least 72 hours. Most people remember to put the basics in their kit like, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, and water but there are things you may not think to include that you and your family need.

Here are 10 unique things to consider for your emergency kit:woman with dog
  1. Furry friends: include enough food, treats, and water for your pets. If needed, include any pet medication.
  2. Important documents: include copies of birth and marriage certificates, passports, licenses, wills, land deeds and insurance documents.
  3. Technology booster: include an extra cell phone charger or an external battery pack so that you can be connected on-the-go.
  4. Basic tools: include multi-use tools like a hammer, wrench, and screwdriver.
  5. Entertainment for the kids: include toys, games, books, or a deck of cards for the restless kid.
  6. Consider special needs: include any medications, baby needs, or extra glasses you may need while away from home.
  7. Extra keys: include an extra set of kids with toyskeys for your house and car.
  8. Staying warm: include a sleeping bag or warm blanket for each member of your household.
  9. Emergency signal: include a whistle so that you can signal your location or call for help.
  10. Extra clothes: include a change of clothing and footwear for each person as you may be away from home for an extended period.
Be ready and make sure your emergency kit is complete!

Purchase an emergency kit here. Download a printable emergency kit checklist here.

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