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Be Prepared: Your Guide to Building a 72-Hour Emergency Survival Kit

Hello! My name is Brandon Staats and I am the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s Acting Field Officer. I want to take a little bit of your time today to talk to you about the importance and building blocks of having a 72-hour Emergency Survival Kit for your household.

The winter months are upon us and in the event of an emergency, you will need some supplies.  You need to be prepared to be self-reliable for up to 72 hours because you may be without power or water.

The key to a 72-hour survival kit is to make sure you have the necessary supplies in one pre-made package that you would be able to find in the dark if the power were out.

It’s important for everyone in your household to be aware of the family’s kit location and it should be stored in something portable and easy to carry such as a duffle bag or backpack. By taking the time now to store food, water, and supplies, you can provide for yourself and your family in an emergency.

Here are some items to consider when building your personal 72-hour emergency survival kit:

  • Fleece Blanket
  • Bottled Water
  • Hand crank light
  • Medication
  • Crank light/radio
  • Batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water Purifying Tabs
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Can opener
  • Multi-Function Tool
  • Candles
  • Lifestraw
  • Crayons
  • Colouring Books
  • Puzzles
  • Pen/Pencils
  • Extra Cash
  • Pet Food and Medication
  • Spare Keys for House and Car
  • Cellphone Charger

If you think your water may be contaminated contact your local band council representative or public works official.  DO NOT drink any water that you think may be contaminated if your community is on a community water line.

Again, these are just items to consider when starting to build your 72-hour emergency survival kit and you may add any items that you deem necessary for your particular household. 

Disclaimer: Given that the province of Ontario is currently under a state of emergency and has issued stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic, we encourage everyone to do exactly that: stay home and only go out for essential purposes. Many of the items listed above can be procured through online shopping so please do not go out during the lockdown to purchase any of the items listed above. 

Stay safe everyone!