Being prepared in Canada means being prepared for an emergency or natural disaster at the worst of times. We’ve seen the 72-hour emergency kits sold at supermarkets, and promoted by local emergency preparedness agencies. Immediately thought we could do far better than that, because let’s face it… it might be a lot longer than 72 hours, and you’ll need more than a space blanket, energy bar, and pack of bandages to get you through.
So we’ve put together a collection of gear that will keep you safe & sound while you get yourself & your family oriented to the situation at hand. After all, a severe emergency at an inconvenient time is no time to be caught unprepared.
Perhaps the greatest aspect of this kit is that it includes equipment that you will find useful while camping, during a weekend at the cottage, or during a November power outage.
Shelter & Warmth
The single most important aspect of your kit. The goal here is to provide shelter from the weather, while keeping you warm…
- Foil Blanket – no kit is complete without it
- Thermal Poncho – basic protection from the elements
- Thermal Blanket – an excellent small ground sheet, tarp, or body wrap
- Toque – it is mandatory to keep your head warm, especially in winter
- 36-Hour Survival Candle – three wicks for heat & light
- Toasterz – re-useable hand & body warmer pack
Most emergencies come with at least a few bumps, scrapes, & bruises. The goal here is to stop any bleeding, and prevent infections until more comprehensive medical help can be obtained. If you think you need a tiage kit, let us know.
- Ultralight 0.5 – lightweight, waterproof kit with all the essentials
- Wilderness Medical Guide – smart, practical guidance when you are the backup plan
You may be able to survive weeks without food, but water is absolutely essential on a daily basis. Rather than deal with little packets of water with expiry dates, we’ve included a means of producing safe, clean water at any time…
- First Need XLE – this is a purifier, not a mere filter. It assures that your primary source of sustinence is not compromised. Read General Ecology’s statement on removal of radioactive particulate in response to the 2011 eathquake in Japan.
- Nalgene 1L Cantene – collapsible water container
Light & Communication
No more worries about dead batteries. The Ultimate Kit provides a radio & flashlight that are ready for use anytime. LED lights that never burn out, and the ability to pull-in radio stations from around the world plus your local environment Canada or NOAA broadcasts.
- Lightstorm SL1 – a flashlight & lantern in one, self-powered, and no batteries or bulbs… ever.
- Kaito KA600 Multi-Band Radio – top-of-the-line solar & dynamo multi-band emergency radio
- Kaito KA500 Multi-Band Radio – same as the KA600 model, but without the digital display. Analog tuning dial for even better reliability
A few items to keep you clean & healthy…
No kit is complete without a pocket knife, so we’ve included one with a built-in emergency signal whistle. Plus we’ve included a means of charging your cell phone & other small electronics.
- CoreLite – emergency whistle & pocket knife.
- Rite in the Rain Notebook & Pencil – a completely weatherproof way to keep a journal, or leave notes for others
- Duct Tape – no kit is complete without it
How To Add To Your Kit…
Click on any of the above item links to be taken to their respective pages. From there you can order additional items.