Power Outage KitPlanning and preparing ahead is one of the best ways to keep your home and family safe during an emergency

Preparing for Power Outages

Don't Wait Until it's Too Late

Planning and preparing ahead is one of the best ways to keep your home and family safe during an emergency. You should plan ahead for a power outage in the same way that you'd prepare for any emergency.

Preparing Ahead

  • Create an emergency supplies kit and keep it in an easy to access location known to all family members.
  • Check batteries twice a year.
  • Use surge protectors to protect sensitive electronic equipment.
  • Have a list of emergency contact numbers handy.
  • Ensure that you have at least one cell phone or non-cordless telephone.
  • Learn how to keep safe in an emergency.
  • Have your trees properly trimmed.
  • As Severe Weather is Approaching Check your emergency supplies kit and replenish as needed.
  • Refill prescriptions.
  • Fill your vehicle's gas tank (gas pumps do not operate without electricity).
  • Turn off and unplug unnecessary electrical equipment.
  • Obtain a cash reserve (ATMs and banks require electricity to operate).
  • Secure outdoor furniture and equipment, windows, doors and garage doors.

Special Arrangements for Infants, the Elderly and Family Members with Special Needs

  • Develop a plan for emergencies that accommodates their needs.
  • This may include making special arrangements for spending time with a friend or relative or using a back-up power supply.
  • You'll want to include any special items, such as formula, diapers, incontinence supplies, and medication in your emergency kit.
  • Ask your doctor how to properly store medication that you would normally keep refrigerated when the power is out.

Also see Life Support Notification and People with Special Needs


  • Don't Forget Your Pets Make sure you include your pets in your emergency planning.
  • Having identification on your animals, including rabies and license tags, if applicable, may help reunite you with your pets if you are separated.
  • Make photocopies of important veterinary documents (including vaccinations and medical history) and store in your emergency kit.
  • Don't forget to include several days of pet food and water in your emergency kit.
  • Remember leashes, collars and tags for each pet.
  • Include any medications your pet might be taking.

Emergency Preparedness for the Rural Community

Due to the size and special shelter requirements of livestock, be sure that you are prepared in the face of an emergency and for the potential of a prolonged power outage. Halton Regionreminds rural residents to plan ahead and be sure to:

  • Determine the hazards and risks for your area and animals
  • Have identification for all animals
  • Identity alternate water or power sources
  • Make evacuation arrangements and plan escape routes to safe locations

Before a power outage:

  • Protect electrical equipment with surge protectors
  • Have a standby or backup power source
  • Have an emergency plan for water and feed resources for your livestock

During a power outage:

  • Stay informed with a battery powered or crank radio
  • Decide whether to stay or go
  • Keep your food and water supply safe
  • Have food and water for livestock