emergency kit

Hub Staff

Bruce County is asking residents if they are prepared if the power goes out and stays out for a long period of time.

"Do you know how you will stay warm or what you will eat," asks a February 1 media release from the County. "How will you keep your cell phone charged? Do you have 72 hours worth of supplies to get you and your family through those 3 days and longer?"

Bruce County Emergency Management (BCEM) Coordinator Ray Lux said that we often take heat and electricity for granted. "Bring prepared for an unexpected power outage is important," said Lux, adding that BCEM recommends you plan to be self sufficient for up to 72 hours.

Learning how to build a 72 Hour Kit can help keep everyone safe and comfortable if the lights go out, Lux said.

A 72 Hour Emergency Kit should be organized and easy to find. Ensure that it's easy to carry and that everyone in the household knows where it is.

BCEM recommends you keep the kit in a backpack, a duffle bag or a suitcase with wheels and that it's kept in an easy to reach place such as a front hall closet.


At least two litres of potable water per person per day. For example, a family of four should have a minimum of 24 litres of potable water on hand.

Non perishable food such as canned goods, energy bars and dried foods.

A manual can opener.

A crank or battery powered flashlight and radio.

Extra batteries.

A first aid kit.

Extra keys for vehicles and home.

Cash for smaller bills and change.

A copy of your emergency plan and contact information.

Special items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities.


Check if the power outage is limited to your home. If your neighbours have power, check your circuit breakers.

If your neighbours' power is also out, contact your electrical supply company.

Turn off all tools, appliances, electronics, and all but one light inside and outside.

Use your thermostat to turn off heating or air conditioning.

Avoid opening your freezer or fridge.

Do not use barbecues, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors. They can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Monitor a crank or battery-powered radio and, if able, online for weather warnings and instructions from authorities.

If possible, use a battery or crank-powered light source. If you must use candles, use proper candle holders. Never leave lit candles unattended. Always extinguish candles before going to bed.


In cold weather, turn heating back on first, then wait 10 minutes before reconnecting everything else.

Check food supplies. If a freezer door has been kept closed, food should stay frozen for 24-36 hours. Food contaminated with bacteria does not necessarily smell or look spoiled. When in doubt, throw it out.

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