Published December 22, 2022

Rain, snow, flash freeze, stiff wind, power outages: Are you ready?

County of Simcoe emergency planners recommend you have a 72-hour emergency kit
Rain, snow, flash freeze, stiff wind, power outages: Are you ready?

We've been hearing about the potential for a major winter storm for days.

Now, the watches and warnings are being issued, with a wide range of conditions expected.

And the potential for power outages.

We Spoke With Environment Canada Forecaster About The Forecast For The Rest Of The Winter

Emergency planners with the County of Simcoe recommend having a 72-hour survival kit ready to go at any time:

Emergency Survival Kit Checklist

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio and batteries/crank-powered radio
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and waterproof matches/lighter
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Cash in the form of small bills and coins
  • Copies of important papers for each member of your family e.g. passport and birth certificate
  • Canned foods, energy bars, dried foods (consume and replace at least once per year)
  • Bottled water -- 2L/person/day for drinking and an additional 2L/person/day for food preparation and hygiene (replace at least once per year)
  • Manual can opener, bottle opener
  • Cutlery
  • Cooking pot
  • Disposable cups and plates
  • Garbage bags and smaller resealable bags
  • Clothing and footwear, one change/person
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Toilet paper and other personal items
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Non-latex gloves, dust masks
  • Medications (one week supply)
  • Backpack/duffel bag
  • Whistle
  • Basic tools -- hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, etc.
  • Small fuel-driven stove and fuel
  • Playing cards, games

Include any additional supplies to suit the needs of your family members. Remember, the supplies must last for a minimum of 72 hours.

 Basic Car Kit

  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Windshield washer fluid/antifreeze
  • Booster cables
  • Flashlight
  • Water and food (e.g. energy bars)
  • Matches and a candle in a deep can or holder
  • Extra clothing: hat, gloves, boots
  • Emergency blankets
  • First-aid kit
  • Shovel
  • Multi-tool
  • Road map
  • Cell phone charger

Car Kit - Extra Items

  • Sand, salt or kitty litter
  • Traction mats
  • Tow chain
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Warning light or road flares
  • Axe or hatchet
  • Fire extinguisher

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