High winds, thunderstorms, ice, and snow, can lead to unplanned power outages With a little planning and preparation, you can ensure your home is safe even if the lights go out.
How you can prepare for an emergency
- Make an Emergency Plan and share it with your family so everyone knows what to do in the case of an emergency. Visit the Government of Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Plan page for help building a plan that will suit your needs.
- Prepare an Emergency Preparedness Kit and store it in an easy-to-find location. Be sure to stock your kit to last for at least 72 hours. See the Emergency Preparedness Kit online resource page to learn what needs to be in your kit.
- Use surge protectors to protect sensitive electrical equipment such as computers and televisions.
- Bring outdoor items inside. Any outdoor items such as patio furniture can become safety hazards during a storm. Make sure to move them inside in advance.
- Keep a battery-operated flashlight in your emergency kit to avoid using candles, as they can be fire hazards. Don't forget to include extra batteries.
Additional Emergency Preparedness Resources
- The Government of Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Page is an in-depth online resource to help you and your family to stay safe and be prepared for emergencies. Learn about Emergency Preparedness Week, flood safety and more.