Office of Emergency Management

"Get Emergency Ready"

Know your Risks...Make a Plan...Prepare a Kit

72 hours is a long time without food and water. 

Being prepared for an emergency can significantly reduce the hardship you may experience during a local or city-wide emergency.

Preparing for an emergency


Your 72 Hour Emergency Kit

Whether you're just starting to prepare or are a preparedness pro, gathering your emergency supplies isn't hard.  A good rule of thumb is to have supplies for at least 3 days or 72 hours.  You'll probably be surprised at how much you already have.

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Go Bag

In addition to the 72 hour preparedness kit, every member of your household should pack a Go Bag - a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation.


People with Disabilities and Special Needs

People with disabilities and special needs have added considerations when preparing for an emergency. There are extra steps you can take to make sure everyone is prepared.

Special Considerations

Consider preparing a kit for each member of your family, and a larger kit containing common items such as food, water and other equipment. Consider storing your kit(s) in backpacks so they’re easy to carry.

Check your kit twice each year to ensure the freshness of food, water and medications and add new items as needed. An easy way to remember is to do it when you change your clocks and smoke alarm batteries.

If you choose to purchase an emergency kit or first aid kit, make sure you add items that reflect your own needs and preferences.

Coping with emergencies


Food Safety

During a power outage, food kept in the refrigerator or freezer may
become unsafe to eat. Learn how to store food safely.

Recovering from an Emergency


After an Emergency

Do you know what to do after an emergency?

  • Check in and around your home for damage
  • Dispose of any spoiled or contaminated foods, especially after a power outage. If you’re not sure, throw it out
  • Encourage family members to talk about their experience and their feelings, especially children
  • Contact other family members to let them know that you are safe

After the Evacuation

Leaving your home because of an emergency is upsetting and it is easy to forget important details for helping yourself. Here are some things that may help you:


The importance of insurance

As a homeowner or renter, help protect yourself by having adequate insurance coverage. Insurance can help you replace what’s lost, and help cover your expenses if you are forced to leave your home during an emergency. Discuss your needs with an insurance representative.

It is recommended that tenants in high-rise buildings have home or rental insurance.  Tenants are responsible for the harm they cause to any part of the building.  For example, if there is an electrical fire in the home caused by a faulty toaster, the tenant would be legally responsible for any damage cause by the resulting fire. 

For more information, visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada's website.

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Request a Community Information Session

Information and community preparedness presentations are available to groups throughout Toronto, through a partnership between the City's Office of Emergency Management and the Canadian Red Cross.

Request a presentation.