An essential part of emergency preparedness is having a survival kit on hand. In case of an emergency in the Town of Blind River, a survival kit provides essential supplies for you and your family.

Learn what items to pack in a survival kit and items you may need to meet you and your family's unique needs.

What to pack

An emergency survival kit should include food and water, medical supplies and basic hygiene items to last you and your family for at least three days. Even if you are unable to have a full emergency kit, it's a good idea to always have some of these items on hand, specific to your needs:

  • Batteries
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Bottled water (four litres per person per day)
  • Candles and matches or a lighter
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Copies of your important documents
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Garbage bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Items for babies and small children
  • Medication and medical supplies or equipment
  • Non-perishable, easy to prepare food items and a manual can opener
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Radio
  • Toiletry items
  • Whistle to attract attention, if needed
  • Zip-lock bags to keep things dry

Assembling and maintaining your kit

Follow these tips to keep your survival kit easily accessible and updated:

  • Remember that you don't need to assemble your kit overnight. Purchasing a few items every time you go to the store makes it easier to put together a kit
  • Pack your kit items in a bag or bags that are easy to carry or have wheels
  • Store your kit in an easy-to-reach spot that everyone in your family knows about
  • Check your kit twice a year for expiry dates and replace items as needed

Visit Ontario Emergency Management to find more tips for assembling your emergency survival kit.

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