May 2014 - Code Compliance

Emergency Preparedness Week … May 4 -10, 2014

May 1, 2014


Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies and may need to get by without power or tap water. You may already have some of the necessary items such as food, water and a battery operated or wind-up flashlight but, the key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find.  Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is.  Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. 


Basic Emergency Kit Items

You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, don’t wait for a disaster to happen.

Easy to Carry

Think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.


Two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order).


That won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year).

Manual can opener

Flashlight and batteries

Battery-powered or wind-up radio

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Special Needs Items 

Prescription medications, infant formula

Equipment for people with disabilities

Extra keys for your car and house 


Include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (traveller’s cheques are also useful) and change for payphones.

Emergency Plan

Include a copy of it and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information.