Preparing for an Outage

Thunderstorms, high winds and snowstorms can create power outage situations that may last longer than a few minutes.

Build Your Household Emergency Kit

The Emergency Survival Checklist below recommends the basic items everyone should have stocked in their household and should check annually:

  • Fire Alarm with battery backup
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Spare batteries (of varying types and sizes for devices and equipment)
  • First-aid kit
  • Telephone (cordless phones will not operate in the event of a power outage)
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Extra car keys and cash (ATM or electronic payment devices may not work)
  • Important papers (identification)
  • Non-perishable food (ready-to-eat items that do not require   refrigeration)
  • Bottled water (4 litres per person per day)

In case you are evacuated, be ready with:

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Toilet paper and other personal items
  • Medication
  • Backpack/duffle bag
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Playing cards, reading material or other forms of  entertainment that do not require power

Get more detailed information to prepare and respond to emergency situations: