Kitka’s Emergency Kit

January 17th, 2009

The other day, a large portion of downtown Toronto was plunged into darkness for about 24 hours. We were blissfully unaware of the situation as we were thankfully in a pocket that had electricity. But it still got us thinking about how unprepared we are in an emergency situation. Juli has valiantly declared on numerous occasions that we should put together a kit of some sort but every time we get to Canadian Tire, we flake out and get lazy. But THIS time we mean it. No more funny business.

Oh and before we start, our new friend to Kitka editor Jennifer Wilson-Speedy also has some great tips in her article Time to Shop for an emergency kit? because quite frankly, you can never be too prepared. And don’t forget to click on the link to her power outage primer which covers a lot of things we didn’t (because apparently we are too busy looking for stylish first aid kits from DWR or something).

First Aid Kit

This first aid kit includes: first aid instructions, 16 bandage strips (1” x 3”), an elastic bandage (6”), six safety pins, two bandage gauzes (2” x 4.1 yards), a first aid cream package, a triple antibiotic package, two sterile sponges (4” x 4”), an instant ice pack, a roll of adhesive tape, a pair of scissors, an eye pad, a pair of tweezers, four alcohol wipes, two iodine wipes, four antiseptic wipes, four clean wipes, a pair latex examination gloves, hand soap, a pill bottle and four pain relievers. Made in U.S.A.
$30.00  available from DWR

Solar Flashlight

This solar rechargeable flashlight and lantern has an orange waterproof case and three brightness settings which allow for extended use. Three replaceable NiMH rechargeable batteries and nine LED bulbs included. Made of ABS plastic, a photo voltaic panel, and electronic components.
$30.00 available at the Moma Store

EtaPower EF stove

So what do you do with all those canned goods you stocked up on? Cook them with EtaPower! EF’s high efficiency rate allows for fast boiling times, less fuel consumption, a lower total weight, and all in all a more environmentally friendly stove. The stove comes with a burner stand, a windscreen, and a 2.1 l EtaPower pot with heat exchanger. Other accessories that come with the EtaPower stove include a frying pan, a handle, and a bag that can even be used to insulate the pot. With PRIMUS EtaPower pots your stove becomes 50% faster and more efficient. The pots can be used with any existing gas or multifuel burner on the market. These pots can also be ordered seperately.

$146.86 Available at the Modern Outpost

Eton Crank Bundle

Eton radio bundle pack (FR300/M300), FR300 crank radio, AM/FM and TV1 and TV2 – VHF channels 2 to 13, NOAA weather channel – all seven, plus Alert, Cell phone charger outlet, M300 travel radio, AM/FM-stereo and seven SW bands, Analog tuner with classic dial knob and digital displayand alarm activation, Digital display shows frequency, time, sleep time and symbols for sleep-timer and alarm activation.

$69.99 available from Canadian Tire

Totes Emergency Cell phone charger

Produces up to 30 minutes of talk time with every charge, crank handle produces the power so it’s great when an electric charge is unavailable, built-in LED light, adapter kit included.

$25.00 available from Sears

Ready Kit Emergency 3-Day Survival Kit

Kitka thinks it’s kind of ugly but it has the credentials. 3-day emergency survival kit designed for all types of emergencies. Kit includes: first aid kit, two gallon water bag, emergency radio, flashlight, batteries, deluxe backpack and more. Endorsed by St. John Ambulance and the Canadian Federal Government. Complements Ready Meal Emergency Kit.

$59.99 available from Canadian Tire

Basic Emergency Kit (from

You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, don’t wait for a disaster to happen.

Easy to carry – think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.

Water – two litres of water per person per day (Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
Food – that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
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 or equipment for people with disabilities
Extra keys – for your car and house
Cash – include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones

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