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Here is a small list of items that you should have in the event the power is going to go out for more than a few hours. I live out of town on an acreage so most of this is written with that in mind and not so much for someone living in an apartment.

This is in no way a comprehensive list and is in no way written in stone or in the order you may want it. This is just a good start and for your reference only. I’m not responsible for how you use this information. (Example of this is storing 500 gallons of gas in unsafe containers near your fireplace.)


1) Generator.
There is no excuse not to have one. They are always on sale at the box stores so get one as soon as you can. This will be fundamental in keeping your food from spoiling and your security system working locally. (As well as keeping your satellite system working)

2) Gas for the generator. LOTS of gas as long as you can store it safely in accordance with local regulation.

3) Extension cords For your generator to keep your freezer and fridge operational. 12/3 or bigger the better for long lengths. (I've had to do that myself when the power was out for 8 hours here in Saskatchewan.)

4) Crank AM / FM radios. Lots of box stores sell them and they come in a verity of real cool features. They are cheap, and you should have a few of them. Keep them charged up by cranking as you want to use your generator for crucial items.

5) Crank Flashlights. Same as the radios and some even come as both flash light and radio.

6) Weather Radio. These are not so common in Canada but worth the effort to find one (or two) and get it set up and in use at all times. It will alert you when Environment Canada issues a warning on their system.

7) Means to communicate. Remember CB radio? You should have one set up in case there is no regular communications. Also, have FRS radios for you, your family and perhaps your neighbor. A ‘scanner’ radio is good to have as well. If the utilities are fixing down power lines you may be able to listen in. For more information about the hobby of scanning, go here.

8) Extra CLF bulbs

And clap lamps so you can run these low wattage bulbs and keep your house safely lit. I’ve have a few of these and I’ve used them to keep the house lit on a few occasions. What I did was plug them into my computers power back up. They can run for hours using only a few watts of power.


9) Fire extinguisher. If you don’t have theses all over your house you should. (Also a carbon monoxide detector is a MUST)

10) Fresh water.

No power, no pressure, no water. If you are in the city your generator will not help you. If you are out of town you may be able to hook up your pump to keep the water flowing. If, not a few cases of water will keep you a live longer then food.


11) Medical Kit.

Here is where you have the standard medical kit. With this, have extra important hygiene related hygiene products, like toilet paper, diapers for infants, etc.


12) Portable toilet. You will need to figure out how to properly dispose of human waste. More people die after a disaster because of being exposed to human and other biological waste.

13) Wooden Matches. In the event you need to start a properly contained fire for heat or cooking.

14) Portable stove and fuel. For cooking if you don’t have a BBQ.

15) BBQ Where in Canada, who doesn't have a BBQ in Canada? And propane to cook with OUTSIDE in the summer. (Well if it is winter and you have to eat...

16) Canned food. A variety of canned food is a must anyway. Head to your local Costco and stock up.

17) Can Opener. Without these you will have a bad time trying to get our canned food opened.

18) Trash Bags. All sizes MANY uses.

19) Ax and Shovels. All sizes from small garden type to those used for digging. Very important to have after a disaster.

20) Chain Saw. If trees have fallen or they are going to fall, this is a must. Only use if you are properly trained.

21) Candles.

All sizes. Not only for light at night, but can be used to heat small items up in small cookware. Use this only as a last resort for light as having any open flame can be hazardous.


22) Basic Tools. This includes hammers, screwdrivers, cordless drill, saws, utility knives, scissors. Anything extra that you can store from your tool chest. WD40, Duct Tape.

23) Standard Survival supplies. As well as lots of paper plates, plastic eating utensils, disposable drinking cups. You want to save water and not have to wash your regular dishes, disposable is good for short term use.
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