Preparing a Family Emergency Kit in Plain English video

It's your responsibility to start gathering supplies and start thinking about what your family will need for at least 72 hours in an emergency.


(All animation described is basic and hand-drawn over a plain white background. At times, the narrator's hand is seen placing the images or moving them around the screen. We first see planet Earth. Images of lightning, fire, hurricanes, and clouds appear over the continents and oceans.)

Voiceover: "We live in a world that's unpredictable."

(A stick man scratches his head. A thought bubble appears with a storm cloud and lightning inside. Another thought bubble appears with the stick man's family – his wife and two children.)

Voiceover: "Without warning, we may have to make quick decisions that impact the health and safety of our loved ones."

(Four water bottles appear on a shelf. The stick man enters holding a first-aid kit. He reaches for the water bottles.)

Voiceover: "It's easy to assume that we'll be able to gather what we need when something unexpected happens."

(The stick man shrugs as images of storm clouds, forest fires and icicles appear above him.)

Voiceover: "But few of us really know what will make the difference."

(The title appears: "Preparing a Family Emergency Kit in Plain English".)

Voiceover: "This is preparing a family emergency kit in plain English."

(We see a house. Blue water rises up from the bottom of the screen.)

Voiceover: "Imagine that your neighbourhood begins to flood in the middle of the night."

(The family exits the house, then returns inside. A police car and fire truck arrive.)

Voiceover: "You may have to leave quickly or wait until local authorities tell you where and when it's safe to go."

(The family comes back outside. A clock appears above them which has "72 hrs." written beside it.)

Voiceover: "In either situation, you want to be able to take care of your family for at least 72 hours..."

(Cut to an ambulance crossing the screen.)

Voiceover: "... while emergency workers help those in urgent need."

(A red box with handles is placed on the screen.)

Voiceover: "Having a well-stocked, portable, and easy-to-find emergency kit..."

(A water bottle, flashlight, prescription drug bottle and birth certificate appear above the red box.)

Voiceover: "...will help you make sure that you have the basic supplies to keep you and your family safe, no matter where you are."

(An arrow is drawn above the red box, pointing into it.)

Voiceover: "Let's talk about what goes into that kit."

(We see a water tap, the stick man cooking in the kitchen and beside him, his wife using the telephone. The narrator's hand points to each item.)

Voiceover: "In an emergency, basic services we use everyday may not work."

(A red 'X' appears over each of the items.)

Voiceover: "For example, your water, electricity, gas and telephone service may not work..."

(Cut to a bank with a red 'X' over it)

Voiceover: "... and it may be impossible to access cash from a bank."

(We see each of the situations featured again: the tap, kitchen, phone and bank. A red box is placed over them on screen.)

Voiceover: "When these services are not available, an emergency kit can provide the basic necessities."

(A water bottle is placed on the screen.)

Voiceover: "For example, we all need water."

(Cut to the family standing at the left of the screen. Beside them, we see the numbers one, two and three listed. Each number represents one day and two water bottles featured per person. 24 bottles of water are shown in total.)

Voiceover: "The rule of thumb is two litres, per person, per day – for 72 hours, or three days."

(A large bottle is shown above the red box. Four smaller bottles appear, which are then put into the kit below.)

Voiceover: "It's a good idea to use small bottles that can be carried easily."

(A can of tuna, canned vegetables, energy bars and a bag of dried goods appear on screen. The red box appears below. The items are placed in the box.)

Voiceover: "Of course, we also need food. Because your kit needs to be ready at all times, use food that won't spoil, like canned goods, energy bars or dried food that can be stored longer."

(Cut to a baby bottle being placed on the screen. Cut to a pet dish with dog biscuits inside.)

Voiceover: "If needed, baby formula and pet food may be a good idea."

(A manual can opener is featured with canned foods above the red box. They are all placed into the box.)

Voiceover: "And remember a manual can opener to open those cans.)

(A cluster of all the previously mentioned items is placed above the red box. A question mark is drawn beside them.)

Voiceover: "So now your kit has a good start: food and water. What else?"

(The family is shown and then the lights go out.)

Voiceover: "Well, it's dark and there's no electricity."

(Cut to a flashlight and portable radio. A set of batteries appears beneath each of them.)

Voiceover: "A flashlight and radio will be handy to show you where you're going and help you stay informed. These both need power, so pack extra batteries."

(Cut to a flashlight and portable radio with cranks attached to them. The narrator's hand points to the cranks.)

Voiceover: "Or even better, buy the type that can be powered manually with a crank."

(Cut to cellular phone with a red 'X' over it. A corded phone is placed beside it.)

Voiceover: "Cordless phones don't work when there's no electricity. Consider including a phone with a cord too."

(A first aid kit with a green cross appears on the screen. A bandage, bottle, pills and plastic medication bottle appear beside it.)

Voiceover: "Of course, an emergency kit wouldn't be complete without a first-aid kit with the basics like bandages, antiseptics and pain relievers."

(The red box appears at the bottom of the screen. Clusters of all the mentioned items to-date are placed above it.)

Voiceover: "With these items, food and water, flashlight and radio, and a first-aid kit, we've covered the basics. But there are some items that may not be so obvious."

(A pharmacy is shown. Bottles of prescription medication are shown beside it. A red 'X' appears on the door to the pharmacy.)

Voiceover: "For example, it may be very difficult to get prescription medications in an emergency, or even long afterward."

(The narrator's hand takes the bottles of prescription medication and drags them to the next scene. The bottles are placed above the red box, then inside it.)

Voiceover: "Including a couple weeks worth of medication in the kit will help."

(A pair of reading glasses is placed on the screen, followed by an inhaler. The narrator's hand points to each item.)

Voiceover: "While you're thinking about medical needs, consider what equipment may be needed to accommodate family members with special needs."

(A bank appears on screen with a red "X' through it.)

Voiceover: "As we mentioned, it may be difficult to get cash from banks..."

(Cut to an image of coins and paper money with the amounts $5, $10 and $20 written below. The narrator's hand point to both items.)

Voiceover: " include small bills and change, as cash registers may not work."

(Images of a birth certificate, will, passport and insurance policy are featured above the red box. Each one is placed in the box individually.)

Voiceover: "Lastly, keeping important documents like copies of birth certificates, wills, passports and insurance policies in your kit can make it easier to stay organized during an emergency."

(A checklist is shown above the red box and then placed inside. A contact sheet appears alongside an image of many people. The contact sheet is placed in the red box as the image of the people fades.)

Voiceover: "Remember to include a copy of your emergency plan, and contact information for friends and family who may be able to help."

(Above the red box, images of a storm cloud, forest fire and icicles appear. Each image is then covered by a red 'X'.)

Voiceover: "We all hope that emergencies don't occur and your kit goes unused. But that's no reason to delay."

(The stick man appears beside the red box, scratching his head. All the supplies appear above it, and the rest of the family appears on the far right side.)

Voiceover: "It's your responsibility to start gathering supplies and start thinking about what your family will need for at least 72 hours in an emergency."

(The narrator's finger points to all the items.)

Voiceover: "It may look like a lot to do..."

(Cut to a checklist of all the items with narrator's hand pointing to various items on the list.)

Voiceover: "...but you can print an emergency list checklist."

(Cut to the stick man pushing a shopping cart in a store. He stops at a shelf with a flashlight, water bottles and batteries. A thought bubble appears above his head with the list of items. The items are placed in his cart.)

Voiceover: "And the next time you're running errands, pick up a few items for your kit..."

(A pre-packaged emergency kit in a back-pack is placed on the screen.)

Voiceover: "...or, buy a pre-packaged one."

(The stick man is shown scratching his head. Thought bubbles of his emergency kit and family appear. A green check mark appears over both bubbles.)

Voiceover: "Having an emergency kit is an easy way to have more peace of mind in an unpredictable world."

(The 72 hours logo appears with the tagline "Is your family prepared?" The website URL also appears.)

Voiceover: "For more information, visit"

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