Basic Items You Will Need to Survive For 72 hours:

* Water - at least two litres of water per person per day (including small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)

* Food - 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

* Candles and matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)

* Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)

* First Aid Kit

* Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities

* Extra keys for your car and house

* Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones

* A copy of your emergency plan including contact information

Recommended additional kit supplies:

It is always a good idea to have extra supplies on hand. Here are some recommendations:

* A change of clothing and footwear for each household member
* Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member
* A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
* Garbage bags for personal sanitation
* Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
* Safety gloves
* Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves)
* Small fuel-driven stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's directions and store properly)
* Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning