Are you ready for a werewolf attack?

Woodcut of a werewolf attack, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1512
Woodcut of a werewolf attack, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1512

Werewolves are among us and Katherine Branton, manager of York University’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, thinks that even without the threat an attack of werewolves, every home should have an emergency preparedness kit. “It is very important to be prepared for an emergency at all times,” says Branton, “because you just don’t know when an emergency will happen. But, in the event of an angry pack of shape-shifting werewolves on the rampage, an emergency preparedness kit is essential.”

Branton advises that you consider assembling an emergency kit for your home and have one for your car. It should be packed in a container that is both easy to access and carry. (She notes that there won’t be a need to carry your kit anywhere if you are faced with an army of hungry werewolves.)

“In that case, you will probably want to shelter in place,” she says, “and hope and pray for the best.”

A complete emergency kit, one that is suitable for emergencies should contain the following items:

  • Water – two litres of water per person per day is appropriate (include small bottles that can be carried easily in the event of a need to evacuate)
  • Food – assemble foods that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to refresh the food and water supplies once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio with extra batteries (to keep track of emergency communications and broadcasts)
  • First aid kit
  • Candles and matches in a waterproof container
  • Basic tools, duct tape, plastic sheeting

Be sure to include extra items, such as:

  • Prescription medications, infant formula and diapers or equipment for persons with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and houseCash (include smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones)
  • A small camp stove and fuel
  • Toiletries, hand sanitizer, toilet paper
  • Extra clothes and blankets
  • Photocopies of important identification documents and prescriptions

Always have an emergency escape plan and include a copy of it with your kit. Branton says it is important to rehearse the plan with family members and have a designated meeting spot.

When faced with trying to navigate a countryside filled with hungry werewolves, Branton says the attack will only last as long as there is a full moon, but being prepared is important every day of the month.

She notes that If the virus that causes the werewolf phenomena should mutate, being prepared for an extended outbreak would mean stockpiling up to 60 litres of water per person, which is enough for one month, and you should include bleach or water purification tablets. As well, she recommends a larger supply of candles, matches, toiletries, medication and food.

“Boredom may not be a big factor since werewolves only change with a full moon,” she says. “But for those extended periods, you may want to consider adding a few board games, playing cards, puzzle books and toys.”

For more information, visit the Government of Canada’s Get Prepared website.