Emergency Preparedness Checklist from Duracell

I’m a city girl through and through…until recently – last summer we moved out of the big windy city to a rural part of Manitoba. As much as I love and sometimes miss the city, country living has been amazing; quiet streets, lots of room for my boys to run free and you can’t beat the fresh air out here.

However, as many advantages there may be too country living there are also some disadvantages; schools shut down completely during heavy snowfalls and we’ve had a minimum of four power outages since we’ve lived here, the longest one lasting at least 3 hours.

Since living here I’ve learned to make sure my cell phone is always charged so I can stay connected with my family, especially at the first sign of severe weather conditions – which is usually just heavy wind blowing through the trees.

Both situations had me thinking…What would we do if a natural disaster hit? Is my family prepared?


While both cases I mentioned are not extreme natural disasters, power outages are a common occurrence in Canada65% of Canadians said they experienced a power outage in 2016 and 70% of Manitobans said they’ve experienced at least one in the last year. I know the four I experienced definitely made me realize that I couldn’t rely on the flashlight I have on my cell phone (it drained my battery way too fast) and I should always have a trusted source for –power, like a Duracell battery on hand at all times to ensure our radios & flashlights keep working, so we can see and hear what’s going on.

I’d like to think we are among the 51% of Canadians who feel they are prepared for emergency situations, according to a survey administered by Duracell but if I’m really truthful with myself, we are not as prepared as I’d like us to be. Oh sure, we’ve got everything mentioned in the Emergency Preparedness Checklist from Duracell but everything is scattered all over the house. If we were truly prepared, we’d be among the 34% of Canadians who have an emergency kit in a secure place that could last them at least 72 hours after a disaster strikes. Having an emergency kit will not only help our family but it could help other families who need the first responders to attend to them more than we would.

Are you and your family prepared for natural disasters? Would you add anything else to your Emergency Preparedness Checklist?

DISCLOSURE: I have partnered with Duracell to bring you this post and did receive compensation. However, all opinions are my own.


    • Amanda Komoski

      So have we. We live in a rural part of Manitoba and one of the bridges to one of the small cities my husband and I both work in plus buy supplies when needed was closed for awhile. Luckily, there was still access by taking the “long way” but I kept thinking, what if there wasn’t? It’s always good to be prepared for anything!

  • Doris Humber

    This is a fabulous checklist. There are some items I wouldn’t have even thought of to include….thanks for sharing!

  • Lindsay

    I feel like completing our emergency preparedness kit has been on our to-do list for years. We get a few supplies … then we use them and don’t replace them … or we buy them but don’t remember where we put them. This is a great reminder!

    • Amanda Komoski

      I’m always buying things with good intentions and forgetting where they are so I definitely get that.

  • Debbie White Beattie

    I’ve kept a duffle bag with a lot of emergency stuff because you never know what might happen and it’s better to be safe than sorry. But I’ll be making a duffle for our animals next

    • Amanda Komoski

      Truthfully, until I seen this list I would have never thought of making one for pets.

  • Aimee Geroux

    Thanks so much for sharing this. While we put one together after the Ice Storm of 2013 when we had no power for 5 days there are some things listed that we are missing. Going to grab them to add to our kit so we are 100% prepared, if you can be 100% prepared lol!

    • Amanda Komoski

      Wow…5 days?! That’s a very long time with no power. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again but I would double up on this checklist…just in case. And then, maybe you’ll be 100% prepared.

  • Carole D.

    I have everything except the cash, and it’s not all together. Doing spring cleaning will find my back pack and put everything in there.

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen

    It really is a good idea to have an emergency pack at the ready. Though whether one is ever totally prepared for an emergency is the question. I think that I’d probably be in shock if anything drastic happened

  • DebH

    Thanks for the great list; I have most of the items listed on hand but they’re not together in a kit. They’re here and there and everywhere!

  • Laurie P

    well now, today I will have to take stock of our 2 emergency kits. One is in the house, the other in the car. Thanks for the reminder!