Emergencies and disasters can happen in any place at any time. The following guidelines will help you in gathering items to be prepared in case an emergency strikes. You and your family should be prepared to be self-sufficient for a period of 72 hours in the event of an emergency. Everyone in your family should know where these items are stored.

72-Hour Survival Kit Guidelines

Emergency food and water kit

Have at least a three (3)-day supply of food and water. Choose ready-to-eat foods that do not need to be refrigerated. You should select foods that do not require cooking. Replace canned and dry goods once per year.

  • Three day supply of water – at least four litres per person per day – two for drinking and two for food preparation, hygiene and dish washing.
  • Water purification tablets
  • Canned foods: soups, stews, baked beans, meat, etc.
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crackers and biscuits
  • Syrup
  • Instant coffee and tea
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Sugar


  • Cutlery
  • Disposable cups and plates
  • Manual can opener; bottle opener
  • Fuel stove and fuel – do not use barbecues indoors
  • Waterproof matches
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Pocket knife or multi tool

Survival Equipment Kit

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio and batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Important papers (identification, insurance, etc.)
  • Food and bottled water
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toilet paper and other personal supplies such as shampoo, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, towel and face cloth
  • Medication
  • Backpack/duffel bag
  • Whistle
  • Playing cards, games
  • Paper towels
  • Warning light/road flares
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Matches and a survival candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
  • Methyl hydrate (or fuel line and windshield de-icing)
  • First-aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Blanket

Items for babies/toddlers

  • Diapers
  • Formula and food
  • Crayons and paper
  • Bottled milk
  • Toys

Items for family members with special needs

  • One week's supply of any required medications
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Copies of prescriptions
  • Batteries for medical appliances
  • Extra oxygen cylinder (if required)