72-hour emergency kit checklist for the urban survivalist.

Keep this list handy to prepare before the next one hits.


• Bottled water (3 litres per person per day)

• Ready-to-eat non-perishables

• Manual can opener

• Disposable plates, cups and utensils, cuz you might not have water for washing

• First-aid kit

• Flashlights (more than one) and batteries

• A car charger or backup battery to keep your cell juiced

• Fire – either the lighter variety or matches

• Some basic tools (utility knife, pliers, screwdriver, duct tape, wrench) just in case you find yourself confronting a MacGyver situation

• If you have a pet, don’t forget it will need food and water just like you

• Steel can or bucket to use as an emergency toilet. Not to get too down-and-dirty here, but you gotta think about sanitation, especially if you live a few floors up in an apartment building or condo, where water won’t be able to reach you in the event of a prolonged power outage.

• Liquid bleach, household water purifying tablets and hand sanitizer (see steel can or bucket)

Sources: Toronto Hydro and City of Toronto

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