Less than half of Torontonians are ready for an emergency, according to a Toronto Hydro survey conducted for Emergency Preparedness Week.

The results of the survey show that almost 60% of residents don’t have an emergency preparedness kit, and of those people, 35% said they didn’t know they needed one.

To help their customers stay comfortable during an emergency — such as a power outage — they’ve put together three emergency “hacks” using items found around the home:

Toronto Hydro want all residents to be ready for an emergency and encourage them to visit torontohydro.com/beprepared for a full list of what’s needed if the power goes out.


  • In the event of an emergency, you should be prepared with enough supplies for 72 hours
  • In the event of a major outage, Toronto Hydro has a website – OutageTO.com – that can be accessed from any device to get the latest news and updates
  • When building your emergency kit, remember:
    • Pack at least four litres of water per person per day
    • Make sure you have non-perishable food and a can opener
    • Include a radio (crank or battery powered)
    • Include a flashlight with extra batteries
    • Keep your emergency kit in an easy-to-access location known to all family members

Emergency Preparedness Hack: Open a can of food without a can opener

Emergency Preparedness Hack: Make a lamp with a plastic jug & flashlight

Emergency Preparedness Hack: Make a solar oven with a cereal box and aluminum foil

About Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 756,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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