Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

How to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit

Don't let disaster catch you unprepared

If an emergency struck, would you be ready? 

That question is at the heart of NAIT's Emergency Preparedness and Safety Week (Sept. 25-29, 2017). It's also tragically relevant given this year's intense hurricane activity, or even with respect to extreme weather events that strike the Prairies.

“We need to be prepared for emergencies not just at NAIT but also in our personal lives,” says Charmaine Gentles, acting manager of emergency management and continuity. “Having an emergency preparedness kit will help us protect ourselves and our loved ones."

We hope you're never in a situation in which you need to use one. But if you do, below you'll find the basic items to include in your kit. Also consider adding important documents such as passports, birth certificates, social insurance cards and citizenship cards, says Gentles. Personalize it with comfort items such as toys for small children.

Most importantly, keep your kit accessible, as portable as possible, and check it regularly for expired food and batteries.

How to make an emergency kit