In an emergency, you’ll need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water.

Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a bag in an easy-to-reach, accessible place.

Your basic emergency kit should include:

  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day (small bottles can be carried easily)
  • Non perishable food such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Windup or battery-powered torch and radio (include extra batteries)
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • First aid kit
  • Spare keys to your car and home
  • Cash in smaller notes and coins
  • Your emergency plan and contact information
  • Prescription medication, disability aids, baby formula, food, water and pet/livestock medication (personalise to your needs)
  • Copies of insurance policies, passports, bank details and passwords.

Recommended additional items:

  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Change of clothing and footwear for each person
  • Toiletries, hand sanitizer, face masks, toilet paper, garbage bags, utensils
  • Basic tools such as hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife
  • Small fuel operated stove and fuel such as a portable gas hotplate
  • Whistle (to attract attention)
  • Duct tape (to tape up windows, doors and air vents).

Make sure you review your emergency kit each year, it could save your life …