Get prepared for a power outage

An illustration of a power outage

A power outage is a short or long-term loss of electric power to an area. You may be without light, heat and hot water. To locate confirmed power outages in your region, go to BC Hydro’s outage map.

To prepare for a power outage:

Power outage checklist

For more information on preparing for a power outage, visit BC Hydro and FortisBC:

  • Have a battery-operated radio
    • This allows you to listen to your local station for warnings, advice and instructions
  • ​​Stow flashlights with extra batteries
  • Inspect your chimney or flue
    • This helps prevent structural fires and ensures smoke, carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gases are properly vented
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of food and water
    • Food in your fridge and freezer is usually safe to consume if the power is out for less than four hours
    • Fireplaces, wood stoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used outdoors for emergency cooking. DO NOT use barbecues or camp stoves indoors