Power outages can occur anywhere, anytime, and to anyone.
How to prepare
Make an emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit so you can survive on your own for a minimum of 72 hours.
Read tips provided by BC Hydro for planning ahead for your home or business.
- Prepare an emergency kit
- Make an emergency plan
- BC Hydro: Prepare your home
- BC Hydro: Prepare your business
What to do during a power outage
Check the BC Hydro website to see if the outage has been reported already. If not, follow the directions provided.
If you are inside when an outage occurs:
- Listen to your local radio station on a battery-operated or wind-up radio for up-to-date information, or use your laptop or cell phone to access outage information.
- Turn off breakers for select items, such as your computer, television, and stove, to avoid a power surge following start-up.
- Leave a few breakers on so you will know when the power has been restored.
If you are outside when an outage occurs, stay at least 3 car lengths or 10 m away from downed power lines.
What to do after a power outage
- Give the electrical system a chance to stabilize before turning on breakers.
- Reset your clocks, automatic timers, and alarms.
- Check your refrigerator and freezer. If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degrees and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.