Emergencies and disasters can happen in the blink of an eye without any warning.  You and your family may have to leave your home on short notice.  Someone may be injured.  You have lost the basic utilities in your home.  Whatever the situation, a well prepared emergency kit can help you deal with the emergency until help arrives.  Suggestions for 72-hour kits, first aid kits, and car kits can be found below.



$69.95 (as of Oct 2016) – can be ordered online at Canadian Red Cross eShop

Quick Overview:

The Disaster Preparedness Kit was designed to give you the basics for your family's personal preparedness plan. The kit features over 85 essential items that will help support you during the first 72 hours of an emergency. All items are carried in a backpack with a reflective clip that has additional room to add other essentials for your comfort and survival. A mini-first aid kit is also included so that you are more prepared in an emergency.


 1 box of 45 waterproof matches

 1 flashlight / radio / alarm crank (no batteries required)

 1 50-hour candle

 1 multifunction knife

 1 SOS sign

 1 Emergency blanket

 1 20 liter water container

 20 tablets for water purification 

 2 Biohazard bags

 1 whistle

 1 pair of leather palm gloves

 1 12 hour light stick

 1 first aid kit

 1 emergency sheeting

 2 Dust Masks

 1 Duct Tape

 1 nylon backpack

Contents of the first aid kit:

 2 gauze 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in x 2 in)

 5 antiseptic wipes                           

 1 conforming bandage

 1 iodine prep pad                            

 1 roll of adhesive tape

 4 alcohol prep pads                        

 1 pair of nitrile gloves

 2 insect sting-after bite                

 1 tweezer

 10 adhesive strips                           

 1 pair of scissors

 2 fingertip bandages                      

 12 safety pins

 2 knuckle bandages                       

 1 plastic case

 2 adhesive patch bandages

NOTE:  Check out the 72-Hour Basic Disaster Preparedness Kit for additional items you might want to put into this Canadian Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Kit.




You might want to assemble your own 72 Hour Basic Disaster Preparedness Kit. Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet.  When ordered to evacuate take your kit.



• Water – at least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order

• Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year)

• Manual can-opener

• Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries). Check the batteries once a year and replace if necessary, or use a headlamp which would free up your hands

Crank, battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) or Weatheradio

• First aid kit

• Extra keys to your car and house

• Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones

• A copy of your household emergency plan and contact information (to notify out-of-area family, a friend)

• If applicable, other items such as prescription medication, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, or food, water and medication for your pets or service animal (personalize according to your needs)

• Copies of important documents (ERIK, birth certificates, list of medications – dose, strength, etc) stored in a plastic bag


Recommended additional items

• Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

• Candles and matches or lighter (place candles in deep, sturdy containers and do not burn unattended)

• Change of clothing and footwear for each household member

• Rain poncho

• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member

• Toiletries

• Hand sanitizer

• Utensils

• Garbage bags

• Toilet paper

• Water purifying tablets (available in Killarney Pharmacy) 

• Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, work gloves, dust mask, pocket knife)

• A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)

• Duct tape (to tape up windows, doors, air vents, etc.)



Member Price: $64.99 (as of Oct 2016) 


This item can be purchased at any CAA location or online at Deluxe Roadside Emergency Kit – CAA Manitoba


A large, wide-mouth emergency kit ideal to keep on hand for vehicle-related incidents. Keep in the car or home. Contains over 60 essential items.



• Tire Pressure Gauge (#50-122XP model)

• Electrical Tape (5/8" wide x 10 ft.)

• Emergency Blanket & Rain Poncho

• 2 x 45 minutes Weatherproof Emergency Flares

• Emergency Drinking Water (125 mL bag; 5-year shelf life)

• Cotton Work Gloves with rubber grip dots (pair)

• 2 in 1 Screwdriver

• 6” Slip Joint Pliers

• Fabric Blanket (size 48" x 60")

• Emergency Whistle with lanyard

• Hand Warmers (pair)

• "Call Police" banner

• 2 Emergency Candles

• Safety Matches (in re-sealable polybag)

• Aluminum 9 LED Flashlight (3x AAA batteries)  

• Utility knife

• 40 Pc. First Aid Kit [contains:18 Plastic Bandages (1.9 x 7.6 cm), 5 Plastic Junior Bandages (1 x 3.8 cm), 2 Gauze Pads (5.1 x 5.1 cm), 1 First Aid Cream (1G), 4 After Bite Treatment Swabs, 10 Alcohol Antiseptic Pads, Germecin Anti-Microbial Mist


All items store neatly into #EK-109x Deluxe Wide Mouth Bag with Booster Cable Pocket.

NOTE:  Check out the Emergency Car Kit for additional items you might want to put into this Deluxe Roadside Emergency Kit.




You might want to assemble your own emergency car kit.  The following items should be put into a bag that you can set into your vehicle whenever you leave home:


• flashlight and extra batteries

• candle in a deep tin

• matches/lighter               

• First Aid Kit

• whistle – to attract attention

• rain poncho

• blankets, warm clothing

• food that won’t spoil, like granola bars

• water

• road maps


The following items should be placed in the trunk:

• sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)

• small shovel

• booster cables

• snowbrush

• antifreeze, windshield washer fluid

• tow rope

• warning light or road flares

• fire extinguisher


Keep a car window breaker and a seatbelt cutter in the vehicle at all times.  These tools should be placed within easy reach of the driver or an adult passenger.




The following list may contain items you would find useful at home or would want to place in an emergency kit.  All prices are quoted as of October 2016.


Canadian Red Cross – can be ordered online at Canadian Red Cross eShop


 50 hour emergency candle                                 $3.90

 Waterproof matches 40 per box                          $0.80

 Blanket, emergency foil/mylar 142.2x203.2 cm  $1.86

 Emergency plastic sheeting 87.5x180 cm           $1.59

 First Aid Booklet (bilingual)                                 $2.50

 Cold pack instant small                                       $1.18

 Hot pack instant hot 15.2x25.4                           $2.66

 Hot pack instant warm 15.2x25.4 cm                  $1.86

 Splinter forcep, fine point 11.4 cm                       $1.86

 Water-jel burn dressing, sterile  5.1x15.2 cm      $6.69

 Maps                                                                    free


Many other items can be found on their website.           


CAA - These items can be purchased at any CAA location.  The prices quoted are member prices.


 Survival candle 36 hours, 3 wicks - $7.59

 Emergency blanket aluminized polyester 1.3x2.1 m - $1.99

 Resqme, breaks auto glass, cuts seatbelts, attaches to ignition key chain - $12.99


More items available at CAA locations.


Amazon – this item can be ordered online from Amazon in the Sports & Outdoors department. 


LED Dynamo Lantern


Go to amazon.ca. Type the following description into the search line.


Secur Rainproof Hand crank 5/3 LED Flashlight torch and 12/6 LED 2 Power levels Lantern, high power super bright with self-locking hanging hook, charges with dynamo power or USB no batteries needed                $25.98 CAD





Prices as of Oct 2016 – these first aid kits and others can be ordered online at Canadian Red Cross eShop


PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT               $9.89


• 2 gauze pads 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in x 2 in)

• 1 conform bandage
• 5 antiseptic towelettes

• 1 roll of adhesive tape

• 4 alcohol swabs

• 1 first aid instruction card

• 1 proviodine swab

• 1 pair of tweezers

• 2 insect sting relief swabs

• 1 pair of scissors
• 10 plastic adhesive bandages 

• 12 safety pins
• 2 fingertip bandages
• 2 knuckle bandages
• 2 adhesive patch bandages 5 cm x 7.5 cm (2 in x 2 in)
• 1 pair of nitrile examination gloves



Ensure your safety and your family’s safety with a proper first aid kit in your home or cottage. This comprehensive first aid kit keeps first aid supplies organized in different compartments. You'll be well prepared with all the essential supplies you need to deal with common small and medium sized injuries.



• 1 CPR one way valve

 1 pair of nitrile examination gloves

 1 pair of black paramed scissors

 1 splinter forceps 11.5 cm (4.5 in)

 6 antiseptic towelettes

 1 conforming gauze bandage 5 cm (2 in)

 1 conforming gauze bandage 7.5 cm (3 in)

 1 roll of adhesive tape 1.25 cm x 25.5 cm (0.5 in x 10 in)  

 1 triangular bandage 101.5 cm x 101.5 cm (40 in x 40 in)  

 1 pressure bandage 10 cm (4 in)

 10 plastic adhesive bandage 2 cm x 7.5 cm (0.75 in x 3 in)

 2 oval eye pads

 2 knuckle bandages

 3 insect sting reliefs

 2 fingertip bandages

 1 emesis bag 23 cm x 30.5 cm (9 in x 12 in)

 3 gauze pads 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in x 2 in)

 1 disposable penlight

 3 gauze pads 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm (3 in x 3 in)

 1 incident record book

 3 gauze pads 10 cm x 10 cm (4 in x 4 in)

 1 pencil


FANNY PACK FIRST AID KIT          $14.95


Keep your first aid supplies easily accessible with the fanny pack first aid kit. Great for cycling, hiking, skiing and while active outdoors. This weather resistant kit is durable yet light weight, comes with a detachable clip and can be worn around your waist. Contains everything you need to treat everyday nicks and scratches.



 1 CPR one way valve

 1 pair of scissors

 1 pair of plastic tweezers

 1 conforming gauze bandage 5 cm (2 in)

 3 antiseptic towelettes

 1 triangular bandage 101.5 cm x 101.5 cm

 1 roll of adhesive tape 1.25 cm x 6.5 cm

 10 plastic adhesive bandages 2 cm x 7.5 cm

 2 knuckle bandages

 2 fingertip bandages

 1 pair of nitrile examination gloves

 3 gauze pads 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in x 2 in)

 3 gauze pads 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm (3 in x 3 in)

 1 pressure bandage 7.5 cm (3 in)

 Canadian Red Cross First Aid Book