As Norfolk County continues to monitor the anticipated severe weather disturbance and its potential impact, residents are reminded of the importance of preparing a 72 Hour Kit for use during an emergency.  In order to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours there are some basic supplies required.  

A large plastic container with a lid is ideal storage for an emergency survival kit. This type of container allows for an air tight seal.

While individual family needs vary, a standard list of supplies should be gathered and stored within this container. These include:

  • flashlight, radio and batteries
  • first aid kit
  • candles and matches/lighter
  • extra car keys and small amount of cash
  • copies of important papers (drivers licenses, birth certificates etc.)
  • toilet paper
  • blankets
  • diapers, formula, and other supplies for infants
  • over the counter medication (ie: pain relievers)
  • prescription medication and photocopies of your prescriptions
  • sufficient water and food for a 3 day period (4 litres of water per person per day is recommended)
  • food could consist of canned stews, beans, pasta, meat, vegetables and fruit, crackers and biscuits, honey, peanut butter, syrup, jam, sugar, instant coffee and tea
  • knives, forks, spoons
  • disposable cups and plates
  • manual can opener, bottle opener
  • fuel stove and fuel (never use a charcoal or gas barbeque in the house)
  • if you have pets or animals, please remember to plan for their needs as well!


For further information contact:

Contact: Kandy A. Webb
Deputy Information Officer
519-426-5870 extension 1229