How to Prepare at Home

The Squamish Emergency Program recommends to be prepared for at least 72 hours, preferably one week. The most immediate source of support will be your community and the preparedness actions you took before an event. 

There are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here is a list of items to help you build your emergency kit and become better prepared at home:

For Thirst and hunger: 

  • Enough water for 3 days or more (that's the equivalent to 36 litres of bottled water for a family of four)
  • Non-perishable food (canned or dried). Store enough food for three days or more. Use any stored food before its expiry dates and replace. Ensure you have a suitable supply of food for babies, toddlers and any pets.
  • 1-2 manual can openers
  • 4 camping bowls/plates and cutlery
  • Camp stove and fuel, or briquettes
  • Waterproof matches/butanes lighters

For comfort and safety:

  • Basic first aid kit and training
  • Telephone list of important numbers
  • Small amount of cash in low denominations (coins, $5 and $10 notes)
  • Small portable AM/FM radio and
  • Extra batteries or wind-up
  • Four flashlights with extra batteries
  • Four blanket and towels
  • Four pairs of work gloves and safety glasses
  • Four large tarps and rope /tent for four
  • Four whistles, notepads and pens/pencils
  • Sharp pair of scissors and camping knife
  • Package of oversized garbage bags

 Personal extras:

  • Essential medication and copies of any prescriptions over-the-counter and prescription medication
  • Hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and personal hygiene products
  • Extra pair of eye glasses or contact solution and case
  • Diapers, jarred baby food, formula, bottles and toys
  • Birth and Marriage certificates (copies)
  • Drivers licences and passports (copies)
  • Insurance policies (copies)
  • Family photos (copies)

Planning tips:

  • Cell service may be limited, text messages may be a more effective method of communication;
  • Combine all items and place in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy to reach place, such as your front hall closet;
  • Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Check food and store bought bottled water for expiry dates and rotate water that you bottle yourself every three to six month;
  • If you wish to create a pack that will last beyond 72 hours, add more food and water (four litres per person per day).

Know your Neighbour

One of the most effective steps for preparing yourself for an emergency is to know your neighbour. It has been widely recognised around the world that the most immediate help available following a disaster is provided by people already on the spot. That is, your neighbours and community members who happen to be nearby.