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Do you have Emergency Preparedness Kit?

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation like a situation like a fire, earthquake, flood or ice storm? If stuck at home with your family, would you be able to make it 72 hours until help arrives?

It may seem like a hypothetical situation, but considering Canada was dealt 6,235 forest fires and 169 earthquakes in 2015, I can assure you it’s not!

People who are prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours after a disaster make it easier for first responders to help those who urgently need it – and this has a significant impact not only on their own survival, but the survival of friends and neighbours.

May 1-7, 2016 is Emergency Preparedness Week, and this year, Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) have teamed up to remind Canadians that everyone needs to be prepared in an emergency.

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According to a survey conducted by Duracell in partnership with the CAFC, even though 34% Canadians feel they have experienced more storms and natural disasters in the past five years than ever before, the majority (53%) of Canadians do not have an emergency kit to sustain them up to 72 hours after a disaster strikes.

Always have an emergency preparedness kit, just in case. Here is a checklist of essentials developed by the CAFC and Duracell, a printable version is here:

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Disclosure: This is a compensated post, yet as always, all opinions are my own.

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96 Comments

  1. I would love to win because I don’t have an emergency kit and this would be a great start! Thanks!

  2. I would like to win because I have nothing at all and this would be a great start!!

  3. I’d like to win because I am not as prepared as I thought I was. I have some items but could use these items to add to a kit.

  4. I would love to win because we don’t have an emergency kit at the present time and we need one.

  5. I would love to win because I would not be prepared at all for an emergency. This is such a great idea!

  6. I’d love to win because even though we have most of the items on the list they spread around the house, the kit would be the start we need to put everything together in a convenient spot!

  7. would love to win to add to the kit we started..just never seem to get around to replenishing or adding to it!

  8. Would love to win because we don’t have a kit and have been talking about starting to put one together, this would be a great start.

  9. I would love to win because it is always good to be prepared in the event of anything happening

  10. I would like to win because I don’t actually have an emergency kit prepared! This kit would definitely help me out and get me going to make some extra ones.

  11. I felt the small earthquake here in BC a few months ago and it made my heart nearly leap out of my chest. I would very much like to be prepared if an emergency strikes!!!

  12. I would love to win this for my daughter, I know she does not have these items ready for an emergency. We are moderately prepared, but this post has encouraged me to get everything together in one spot.

  13. Id love to win as everyone should be prepared and this would be very helpful in an emergency!

  14. I’d like to win because I only have a few of the items on the list. This kit would complete it.

  15. I’d love to win as I DON’T have any emergency kit!! (And we often run out of batteries lol) We do have things like a smoke detector (suppers done) and a carbon monoxide alarm but thats about it.

  16. I live in Northern Ontario where we are in a snow belt and tornados. We should have a kit.

  17. I would love to win because I need to a kit for emergencies because I am not prepared.

  18. I would love to win this as I don’t have any emergency kit ( which I should) and this one would be great to have

  19. We have a fairly good kit, but it needs to be updated. Winning this kit would allow us to have a new one and then tweak it to our needs.

  20. I would love to win because I don’t have an emergency kit and this would be a good base to start !

  21. love to win this cause every one should have a kit and I know my son and his family doesn’t and I would give them this if I won:)

  22. I would love to win because I am a silly person who hasn’t started a kit yet… and I live on the west coast! I felt an earthquake a couple of months ago and it’s inspired me to get prepared – thanks for the chance to win!

  23. I would love to win because I am not prepared fora disaster or emergency,and this would be a good start!

  24. this would be good for my family. Our power goes off a lot and I know it would come in use.

  25. We don’t have an emergency preparedness kit, but we do own a zombie survival guide book. So you know…we’ll TOTALLY be okay ;). Kidding aside, we do own a lot of these items for camping, but since we camp often, they aren’t all put aside and replenished at all times. I would like to have one because I would like to make things easier on rescuers and first responders in case of an emergency; I wouldn’t want to be a burden and I would want the help to go towards who needs it most.

  26. I’d love to win this because I already have an emergency kit but it’s time to replace the old with the new. It’s so important to keep it up dated just in case it’s needed.

  27. I don’t have a lot on my Kit, so this would be fantastic to win! It is a great list of items.

  28. We have a small medical one with band aids, gauze and scissors but not a real one that would actually help us in a bad situation.

  29. I would love to win because I don’t have an emergency kit and be prepare in case of an emergency.All I have is flash light, water and can food.

  30. I’d love to win this giveaway since I don’t have an emergency kit so this would be an ideal prize for me. 🙂

  31. I thought I was quite prepared for an emergency until I read the list and I see that I could use a few more things that I had not thought of. I would like to win so we are properly prepared for an emergency.

  32. I would love to win for my family . We are a go go family and having a emergency kit with 3 little ones would be perfect

  33. I would like to win because I don’t have a kit like this in my car. From your post. it important to have one especially when the unexpected happens!

  34. I would like to win because I do not have a home emergency kit, just an auto kit for emergencies in the car.

  35. I would like to win because I don’t think I am prepared enough. It is always good to be prepared for any emergency situation. Thank you for the chance to win.

  36. Huh. I commented on this yesterday, but I’m not seeing my comment now. We have many of these items, but not together in a ready to go kit. Thinking of this today especially because of what is happening in Fort Mac. 🙁

  37. I’d love to win because its important o be prepared and I don’t have an emergency kit yet!

  38. Would love to win because as a parent with 2 kids I really should be more prepared & responsible regarding this. An emergency can come at any time & I can’t be scrambling all over the house to find flashlights & batteries, first aid kit, etc. How handy it would be to have this all in one place.

  39. I would love to have an emergency kit that is already all made up like the giveaway one.

  40. I would love to win because after a recent ice storm, we were without power for almost 70 hours. We found out the hard way that you need to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds! Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. I would love to win because this is something essential that I don’t have, it would be great to be prepared.

  42. I would love to win because its a great starter emergency kit and I currently don’t have one

  43. I would love to win as we don’t have an emergency kit and this would be a great start.

  44. I would like to win because we don’t have an emergency kit and this sure would make it easy!

  45. I’ve been meaning to get together a kit for some time. I did manage a first aid kit and wind up flash light but first aid likely expired now

  46. I’d love to add these items to our kit that we’ve just started. I’ve decided to make 2 kits. One stored indoors and one stored outdoors.

  47. I would love to be the winner so I can be prepared in case I ever run into an emergency *knock on wood*

  48. I would love to win so I can expand on the emergency supplies I already have, I want a car version of a kit as well.

  49. This is a great idea for a giveaway – there are so many things that might happen, right now we’re fighting massive forest fires that have resulted in thousands of people having to leave their homes. I’ll bet few if any had an emergency kit. This kit is a must-have in every home! And thanks for the advice on what to have – so I can make up my own if I don’t win. Very valuable information!

  50. Our current emergency kit could use a bit of an upgrade/additional items, would be great to win this prize!

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