Grab-and-Go Kits

Make a Kit

You can make your own grab and go kits for home, work or the car by using these suggested lists:

Home Kit

Prepare and replenish annually.

  • Water – two litres of water per person per day
  • Food that wont spoil- i.e. canned food, energy bars, dried foods (replace the food/ water annually)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items – prescription medications, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities, pet food
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Cash – include smaller bills such as change for pay phones
  • Emergency plan – include a copy and ensure it contains in-town and out-of-town contact information
  • A USB or other storage device with important documents, family photos

Car Kit

If you have a car, prepare an emergency car kit and keep it in the vehicle:

  • Water in plastic bottles so they won't break if frozen (change every six months)
  • Food that wont spoil- i.e. canned food, energy bars, dried foods (replace the food/ water annually)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothes and shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel, scraper, snow-brush
  • Candles and matches
  • Wind-up flashlight
  • Whistle-- to attract attention
  • Road maps
  • Sand, salt or cat litter
  • Antifreeze or windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares

Office Kit

The emergency kit in your office could contain the following:

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Extra clothing (sweater, rain gear, etc.), blanket
  • Flashlight or light sticks, candle, waterproof matches
  • Portable radio tuned to a local news station
  • Food that wont spoil- i.e. canned food, energy bars, dried foods (replace the food/ water annually)
  • Water (store in unbreakable container)
  • Emergency phone numbers, roll of quarters for pay phones
  • Toilet tissue, moist towelettes
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Multi-tool

Think about what food you store and what kinds of meals you could make.  Here's a creative recipe from SFU Dining Services using only non-perishable food items:  Spicy Coconut Noodle Bowl

Buy a kit

order a kit From SFU

Members of the SFU community can a purchase a starter “Grab and Go” kit through us. They’re available for $25 and contain some basic items to help you get your kit started:

  • A backpack
  • Whistle
  • Light stick
  • Dust mask
  • Moist towelettes
  • Tissue
  • Water
  • Granola bar
  • Emergency blanket (space blanket)

You’ll need to supplement this kit with the items listed in the above section depending on how you plan to use it.

Click to order one of our starter kits

Contact us at epinfo@sfu.ca for information.

From external sources

You can purchase pre-assembled kits from one of the sources listed by the Government of Canada