First Aid kit

Officials want Canadians to be prepared to last 72 hours, on their own, in the event of an emergency. (Michelle Eliot/CBC)

Emergency planners in Saskatchewan are advising people to be prepared in the event a disaster hits and aid is not immediately available.

As a guideline, planners suggest people consider what they would need to get by for 72 hours on their own.

Being prepared is the focus of Emergency Preparedness Week, currently underway in Saskatchewan.

On Tuesday, officials suggested people put together supply kits for an emergency.

This kit should include items like:

  • Bottled water.
  • Battery-powered flashlight.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener.
  • Prescriptions, medications and medical documents.
  • Equipment for people with disabilities.
  • Cash.
  • Information such as your home’s floor plan, location of emergency exits, a meeting area, up-to-date contact information and health card information

The federal government's Get Prepared website provides a similar list of emergency gear:

  • Water (2 litres per person per day).
  • Food (canned food and energy bars).
  • Batteries and Flashlight.
  • Radio (wind-up or battery).
  • Can opener.
  • Cash.
  • Extra medication if needed.
  • First aid kit.
  • Extra keys for house and car.
  • Duct tape.
  • Candles (with matches or a lighter).
  • Change of clothes.
  • Sleeping bag/blanket