May 4th through 10th is Emergency Preparedness Week: Are you ready for an emergency?
Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, but some can last much longer – up to days or even weeks. Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Cold snaps or heat waves can also overload the electric power system.
During a power outage, you may be left without heating/air conditioning, lighting, hot water, or even running water. If you only have a cordless phone, you will also be left without phone service. If you do not have a battery-powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts. In other words, you could be facing major challenges.
You can greatly lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance. You and your family should be prepared to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 72 hours. Be prepared!
- Alternative source of power (generator)
- Phone (landline) that does not require hydro
- Alternative source of heat (woodstove)
- Crank radio or battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Source of light
- Alternative cooking source (camp stove, etc.)
- Food, water, medicine
Hydro One Emergencies & Outages: 1-800-434-1235
If you have to leave your home, be sure to take the following items with you:
Eyewear, Identification (and other personal documents), Cell Phone (with charger/extra batteries), One day supply of food and water, Medication, Toiletries, Extra clothing, Contact numbers, Paper/Pencils/Pens