Prepare a 72-hour Emergency Kit

Prepare a 72-hour Emergency Kit and Ensure You Can Be Reached in an Emergency
Posted on 02/11/2019
The City of Charlottetown Emergency Measures team reminds the public of the importance of 72-hour preparedness. Emergencies can happen at any time and citizens should be prepared to take care of themselves and their family for at least 72 hours.

The public is encouraged to prepare for all types of emergencies such as hurricanes, flooding, blizzards or other events that may mean days without electricity or other utilities, and potential delays in emergency response or access to supplies.

Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit and ensure everyone in the household knows where the emergency kit is located. Include items such as:

• a supply of water for between three and seven days;
• non-perishable food;
• a stocked First Aid kit;
• prescription and non-prescription medicines;
• formula, diapers and other baby supplies, if needed;
• a manual can opener;
• toiletries;
• battery-powered radios and flashlights with extra batteries;
• blankets and a change of clothing for each household member (in case of evacuation);
• candles and matches or a lighter;
• cash;
• and, a charged cell phone.

Citizens are responsible for ensuring they are able to receive updates from emergency personnel, Utility crews and the municipality in an emergency. One of the ways to ensure that communication remains open is to source a radio that can function in a power outage, such as a battery powered or crank radio. It is also recommended that citizens sign up for emergency alerts through the Charlottetown Alert System. This system is free, but subscription based. The City of Charlottetown uses it to provide alerts such as unexpected road closures, severe weather impacts, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods, and winter parking restriction notices. Those living and working in Charlottetown can signup online to receive time-sensitive messages through methods such as home, mobile or business phone, email, and/or text message. Standard messages rates from your carrier may apply to SMS/text messages. The public is encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts. All other alerts available through the system, such as traffic advisories, are optional and not a requirement.

Subscribers are reminded that they are able to edit or delete their personal account, at any time. This includes changing notification delivery methods as well as the types of alerts received. Residents are encouraged to keep their account for Emergency Alerts, even if they wish to opt out of the other notifications. To edit a Charlottetown Alert System account, visit:

Sign up any time for this FREE service online at: and click Alert System under Resident Services.

If assistance is required while signing up or accessing an account, call 902-629-4000, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

For more information on preparing for emergencies, visit: