Prepare for a power outage

A power outage is a short- or long-term loss of electric power to an area. During a power outage, you may be without light, heat, hot water and even running water.

Everyone has a responsibility to protect their homes and loved ones during emergencies.

Keeping in touch

Get a battery-powered or crank radio so you can monitor news broadcasts during a power outage.

Most cordless landline phones will not work during a power outage. Consider having a corded landline phone.

You can reduce the impact of a power outage by taking the time to know the risks and get prepared.

How to prepare for a power outage

Find out what to do before, during and after a power outage. This could include having a secondary heat source that does not require electricity.

Make a family emergency plan, so that everyone in your household knows what to do and where to go in an emergency.

Get an emergency kit so that you and your household can be self-sufficient for several days without power.