Is Your Family Prepared? – Emergency Preparedness Week

Last Updated on May 7, 2016

Download and print this helpful Emergency Preparedness printable checklist to make sure your family is prepared for any disaster!


Download and print this helpful Emergency Preparedness printable checklist to make sure your family is prepared for any disaster!

Manitoba Tornado – 2007 – Justin Hobson |


How Prepared Are You?

Most people prefer not to think about what would happen if a natural disaster shut down power, water and other basic services. Unfortunately disaster do happen. Fire, earthquakes, floods, ice storms, tornadoes and other such natural disasters could force you to stay confined to your home without access to outside resources for extended periods of time. You may even be forced to evacuate to an emergency shelter.

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation like this? Would you be able to make it 72 hours until help arrives?



Are you prepared?

It may seem like an unlikely hypothetical situation, but considering Canada was dealt 6,235 forest fires and 169 earthquakes in 2015, this is a situation you may be faced with sooner rather than later!

People who are prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours after a disaster make it easier for first responders to help those who urgently need it – and this has a significant impact not only on their own survival, but the survival of friends and neighbours too.

May 1-7, 2016 is Emergency Preparedness Week, and this year, Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) have teamed up to remind Canadians that everyone needs to be prepared in an emergency. According to a survey conducted by Duracell in partnership with the CAFC, even though 34% Canadians feel they have experienced more storms and natural disasters in the past five years than ever before, the majority (53%) of Canadians do not have an emergency kit to sustain them up to 72 hours after a disaster strikes.



To help you get prepared, download and print this helpful Emergency Preparedness printable checklist from Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC).


Win it:

One Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader will win an Emergency Preparedness Kit valued at $200.  The prize pack includes:

  • Duracell Quantum batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Radio
  • First aid kit
  • Multi tool
  • Can opener
  • Dust mask
  • Duct tape
  • Emergency blanket
  • Whistle

The giveaway ends on May 7th at 11:59 pm EST.  See Giveaway Tools for entry and T&C.



Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Duracell, however all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.


68 thoughts on “Is Your Family Prepared? – Emergency Preparedness Week

  1. We do have most of the items on the list, so I will pick-up the items that we’re missing on my next shopping trip.

  2. Now that my kids are older and I am alone a lot of the time,I have cut back on my supplies like water and food and batteries

  3. pretty prepared just have to remember to add some cash, keep ahead on prescription meds. I cycle out batteries, water, people food and dog food to make sure everything is fairly fresh. What ever I take out is replaced right away. I am lucky to still be on a well with a hand pump so we can still flush when needed

  4. I’m not really prepared at all and not everything that I do have is in one place.

  5. I’m kind of prepared. I have things we will need. Just not all in one place. Which I really should do.

  6. We are starting to prepare for an earthquake since we live on the west coast of BC. It’s going to take months but we’ve decided now is the time. We are even doing some structural upgrades to our house!

  7. I’m not prepared at all, if our hydro goes out I need to run around and search for a flashlight or anything!!

  8. I am not very prepared. I do have plenty of canned goods and a non-electric can opener, and a few camping lights; they need new batteries, but not much else.

  9. I am somewhat prepared , i have a batteries water blankets and food all in the basement ready for just in case times 🙂

  10. I think I am pretty prepared. I stockpile food and have lots on had in case the power goes out.

  11. We always keep a bug out bag by the front door. I have been a prepped for a long time 🙂

  12. We do have most of the items on the list,but we really need to sit and talk this over with the whole family

  13. I’m pretty unprepared. We always have extra canned goods in the house, but that is about it.

  14. Honestly I’m not prepared at all. This really help brings the matter to my attention and I really should start check some things off the checklist. Thanks for the reminder.

  15. We do have food and water; some items from the list, but they are scattered around the house – so, not very prepared…

  16. I have to say I am not so prepared! I do keep a first aid kit at home but otherwise not so ready!

  17. Not prepared at all! Something that I really need to work on, especially since we are in an area that has the potential for Tornadoes 🙁

  18. We have some things like cases of water and a few things for the kit, out of town contact .. but I know should be more prepared! Every time there is a quake i think..I should get our kit completed!

  19. I don’t think we are prepare, sure I have a flash light, a safe place to be, water and can food, but that’s about it.

  20. We are not as prepared as we like! It gets overwhelming and it makes me anxious just thinking about a potential disaster striking. This post definitely gave me tips and ideas on what to add to our kit though.

  21. i don’t think we are very prepared – i would panic and wouldn’t be able to find all that we should have for an emergency

  22. Quite honestly, we are not prepared for at home at all. Now, the workplace is a different matter!

  23. Honestly, not that prepared, i really do need to get myself one of these emergency kits

  24. We are not nearly as ready as we should be! In 2013 Calgary had the flood of a century although we were personally not affected we know how chaotic things could get! Last summer there was a tornado touch down not too far from our house thankfully it only produced mild damage. With the fires at Fort McMurry which are nowhere near where we live we see the need to become more prepared!

  25. I’m prepared in the sense that I have a lot of the items, they’re just not all in one spot.

  26. I really need to complete my emergency kit because there are some key items missing. Also, I need to figure out a plan for evacuating and where I would go with my pets.

  27. I would rate my preparedness as a 6 on a scale of 1-10. I’d like to get up to a 10!!!! Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway chance!

  28. I’m no prepared at all. Just this week, less than a few hours away, Fort McMurray is in the midst of its worst disaster with ferocious wildfires & it has really got me thinking about being prepared. I do have some things for a kit, but they are in various places all over the house which would not help at all in an emergency when time is of the essence.

  29. Wow! The Fort McMurray disaster really opened my eyes.I think I have a lot of the
    items on the list but am going to try to make a plan with the family and get all of
    those items together in one spot where I can go straight to them and get them.
    Thanks for a great contest.

  30. Honestly, we are not fully prepared. We do have a small kit, but I know we need other stuff as well, like a radio.

  31. We do have an emergency kit but I don’t think that it has been updated recently. I will definitely be getting on that ASAP.

  32. I’m not very prepared. I have a few things together on a shelf, but there are lots of other things I should have, and I don’t have them in a bag so I could just grab it quickly.

  33. We are not well prepared but after witnessing this past week in Alberta, we are already getting things together to be better prepared.

  34. I don’t think my family is fully prepared for disaster situations. We have an emergency kit, but it could definitely use some improvement.

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