(NC) Spring is the time when we declutter our homes, deciding what to keep or throw out, and organizing them accordingly. But don’t toss your manual can opener or your old clothes just yet. As you’re sorting through your things, it’s a smart idea to know what goes into an emergency kit and start putting one together.
Here are some things that go into a kit, so you can easily set it aside when you find it:
- Manual can opener
- Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
- Items to make up a first aid kit (scissors, bandages, tape, safety pins, etc.)
- Extra keys for your car and house
- Cash, travellers' cheques and change
- Important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank records
- Emergency plan — include a copy in your kit as well as contact information
- Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, pocket knife)
- Prescription medications, medical equipment
- Change of clothing and footwear for each household member
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
- Activities for children like books, puzzles or toys
- Hand sanitizer, toilet paper and garbage bags
- Candles and matches or lighter (place in secure containers)
Make your emergency kit portable by keeping it in a backpack or roller suitcase. You can even make little backpacks for each of the kids with their clothes and some non-electronic activities they can do if the power is out.
Find more information at Canada.ca/emergency-preparedness-week.