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Six Steps to Prepare for a Power Outage

You can’t control the weather—but you can take proactive safety measures to protect your home and family against power outages!

  1. Invest in a home generator. A portable backup power source can keep critical equipment like refrigerators, sump pumps and air conditioners running during a blackout.
  2. Utilize surge protectors. A UL-listed surge protector can safeguard expensive electronic devices like televisions, gaming consoles and desktop computers.
  3. Develop a family emergency communications plan. It’s important to have a game plan so everyone knows what to do and when. Decide on a meeting spot, identify shelter locations and store the plan on your cellphone.
  4. Account for your pets, too. The Canadian Red Cross recommends having the following items readily available:
    • Three litres of water per person per day for at least three days
    • Non-perishable food to last each person three days
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First-aid kit
    • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
    • Copies of important personal documents (e.g., medication lists, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies)
    • Cellphone with both wall and car chargers
    • Pet food, supplies and water
    • Emergency contact information for family and friends
  5. Unplug. When the storm is approaching or the lights are already out, remember to unplug or turn off electronics and small appliances.
  6. Shut the door. Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible to maintain cold temperatures!