Get Prepared for a Power Outage in British Columbia

An illustration of a power outage

A power outage is a short or long-term loss of electric power to an area. During an extended power outage, you may be without light, heat and hot water.

To prepare for a potential  power outage, ensure you can be on your own for at least three days by developing an emergency plan, putting together your emergency kit and connecting with your neighbours (PDF, 2.55MB).

To locate confirmed power outages in your region, go to BC Hydro’s outage list or outage map.

Home Preparedness Checklist for Power Outages

  • 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
    • BCHydro suggests that if the power is out for less than four hours, the food in your fridge and freezer will be safe to consume.
    • If the power is out for longer than four hours, follow BCHydro’s guidelines on making your food supply last as long as possible.
    • Fireplaces, woodstoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used for emergency cooking. DO NOT use barbecues or campstoves indoors due to the high risk of carbon monoxide build-up.

For more information on preparing for a power outage, visit BCHydro and FortisBC.