Be Prepared in an Emergency

Preparing you and your family for potential disasters.


Helping in Jesus’ Name

Emergencies can happen at any time. Samaritan’s Purse is no stranger to responding to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Specialized staff and equipment, plus hundreds of volunteers, are mobilized when natural disasters occur in Canada. All of this is possible because of prayers and donations from people like you.

How can you and your loved ones be prepared? Our years of experience has helped us develop these tips to protect you and your family, and also help your neighbors in Jesus’ Name.

3 Steps to Get Ready:

1. Know the Risks

  • Understand the risks in your community: is there a history of floods or tornadoes?
  • Check out community information on natural & manmade hazards (chemical plants, railroads)
  • Look up online local flood risk maps
  • 2. Make a Plan – Write it down!

  • Have a plan to prepare your household for emergencies
  • Safe exits from home & neighborhood
  • Designate a person to pick up children should you be unavailable
  • Contact persons locally & out-of-town
  • Health/insurance information
  • Places for your pet to stay
  • Location of fire extinguisher/water valve/electrical panel/gas valve/floor drain
  • 3. Get a 72-hour kit.

  • Water — two liters of water per person per day (include small bottles)
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars, and dried foods (replace once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • Mobile phone charger
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Candles and matches or lighter
  • Cash, and change
  • Basic tools
  • Important family documents such as identification, insurance, and bank records
  • A copy of your Emergency Plan