If you are asked to evacuate your home or to seal yourself inside for a period of time (more about "sheltering-in-place" later in this brochure), having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable.
Prepare an emergency supplies kit in an easy-tocarry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can and store it in an easily accessible location, such as a closet shelf on the main floor. Aim to have an emergency supplies kit that will keep you and your family self-sufficient in your home for at least three days. You probably have most of the items for the kit handy.
The kit should include the following items:
"Special needs" items for any member of your household (infant formula or items for people with disabilities or older people);
First aid supplies (bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic towelettes, assorted safety pins, cleansing agent or soap, cold pack, eyewash solution, cotton swabs, disposable gloves and face shield, gauze pads, hydrogen peroxide, lip balm, and prescription medications)
A change of clothing for each household member (footwear as well)
Candles and matches or lighter
A sleeping bag or bedroll for each member
Flashlight and batteries
Battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
Non-perishable food (this should be replaced every year)
Playing cards or games
Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
Basic tools (hammer, pliers/wrench, screwdriver set, assortment of fasteners, work gloves)
Extra car and house keys
Some cash/traveller's cheques and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses).
Copies of essential documents—such as powers of attorney, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations and a copy of your will—should also be kept in a safe location outside your home. Keeping these in a safe deposit box or the home of a friend or family member who lives out of town is a good idea.