Municipality of the District of Digby

Emergency Supply Kits

  • Shovel  Ice scraper and brush
  • Sand, salt or kitty litter; traction mats
  • Booster cables
  • Tow chain
  • Methyl hydrate (for fuel line and windshield de-icing)
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
  • Road maps
  • Warning light or road flares
  • Emergency food pack
  • Extra clothing and Footwear
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Axe or hatchet  Compass
  • Matches and a "survival" candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light)
  • Blanket (special "survival" blankets

Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit for Your Home

You probably have most of the items for the kit handy. The kit should include the following items:

  • "Special needs" items for any member of your household (infant formula or items for people with disabilities or older people);
  • First aid supplies (bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic towellets, assorted safety pins, cleansing agent or soap, cold pack, eyewash solution, cotton swabs, disposable gloves and face shield, gauze pads, hydrogen peroxide, lip balm, and prescription medications);
  • A change of clothing for each household member (footwear as well);
  • Candles and matches or lighter;
  • A sleeping bag or bedroll for each member;
  • Flashlight and batteries;
  • Battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries;
  • Duct tape;
  • Non-perishable food (this should be replaced every year);
  • Bottled water;
  • Whistle;
  • Playing cards or games;
  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies;
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers/wrench, screwdriver set, assortment of fasteners, work gloves);
  • Extra car and house keys; and
  • Some cash/ traveler's cheques and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses).
  • Copies of essential documents - such as powers of attorney, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations and a copy of your will - should also be kept in a safe location outside your home. Keeping these in a safe deposit box or the home of a friend or family member who lives out of town is a good idea.