Living in Canada, we have the propensity for long, snow filled winters. This can also make for downed hydro lines and some extended power outages and I like to be prepared. We do have a back up generator but it is still nice to have a Winter emergency kit ready just in case. Below I will list some of the recommended items to have in your kit so you are prepared for bad weather.
It is best to have essentials in your kit such as food, medications, water and such. These are just some of the things I think should be included while preparing your Emergency Kit for Winter.
Try to have everything neatly stored in a plastic bin so if the time comes that you need the kit, everything is all in one place ready for use and in the case of a water event, it will be protected in it’s plastic bin.
- Bottled Water – for drinking, brushing your teeth and in our case… if we lose power we also lose the water pump meaning the toilet tank doesn’t refill. I keep at least a few 4 litre bottles of water to fill the toilet tank if necessary before we get the generator going and cases of bottled water for everything else.
- Medications – if you have certain medications you need to take every day, it would be a good idea to have at least a few days of meds set aside for emergencies. It is also a good idea to have a small supply of OTC medications such as headache relief medications in the kit as well. I know the dollar stores here sell “purse” sized packages that would work perfectly for this.
- Baby/Child Items – items such as baby food, formula, diapers and such. The last thing you want to have happen in a power outage is to not be able to feed your baby. Keeping a small supply of ready to serve baby foods and formula, along with diapers and other baby necessities will help keep your baby fed and safe as well.
- Non-perishable Food Items – items such as canned beans, pasta and soups, granola bars, dried fruits, crackers and items like that. I also like to keep some instant coffee for emergencies lol, powdered creamer and they kind of soup or kraft dinner that are in cups and only need boiling water to serve. And don’t forget the manual can opener!!!
- Pet Food/Medications – don’t forget your pets when creating your emergency kits. Make sure to have a supply of extra cat food, dog food or whatever pet you may have, as well as any medications they might be taking.
- Flashlights and Extra Batteries/Emergency candles – Having flashlights and candles set aside for these emergencies will definitely be helpful when you power and lights are gone. Don’t forget matches for your emergency candles!
- Battery or Hand Crank Radio – this can keep you updated on the status of the weather and when you may get your power back.
- Extra Blankets/Emergency Blankets – I know most of us likely have blankets and throws all over the house but it is still a good idea to have at least some of those shiny emergency blankets in your kit so you don’t have to go hunting around to keep warm. Sleeping bags would work well too.
- Small Change/Bills – You just never know…. and with almost everyone using debit or credit cards these days it wouldn’t hurt to have some small bills and change in your kit because if the power is out, so are the POS machines.
- First Aid Kit – It is a good idea to always have a first aid kit in your home, winter emergency notwithstanding. Your winter emergency kit might be a good place to store it so you always know where it is, emergency or not.
- Toiletries – items such as toilet paper, Kleenex and even hand sanitizer are good things to keep a small stock of in your kit.
- Ways to Pass the Time – you have all you necessities to hunker down through the power outage but what are you going to do to pass the time? Having books to read, puzzle books, puzzles, board games and such handy can help keep you occupied while you have to wait.
- Pocket Tool/Hand Tools – it is a good idea, in case the need arises, to have a multi/pocket tool in your kit and a few basic hand tools… a hammer, screwdriver and such because you never know what you might need.