A winter storm like the one expected in southeast Saskatchewan can sometimes cause power outages thanks to the high winds, and the accumulation of snow. Those conditions can also make it difficult at times for crews from SaskPower to get out to make the repairs needed to turn the lights on as quickly as they would like.  

Power outages are an inconvenience that can happen unexpectedly and can last for hours or even days. To stay prepared and safe during these times, SaskPower recommends creating a kit that includes essential items and planning for different seasons.

According to the Crown power utility, a handy and accessible kit can help keep you safe during unplanned outages. The kit should include at least one gallon of water for each member of your household per day, non-perishable food items, along with a manual can opener, flashlights with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered or hand-crank clock and radio, as well as blankets and warm clothing.

If you have medication that needs to be refrigerated, it is essential to consult with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage. Additionally, it is crucial to keep your pets in mind and plan for their needs as well.

SaskPower recommends keeping a corded phone in your house as cordless phones don't work during power outages. It is also essential to program 310-2220 into your cellphone as this toll-free phone number is dedicated to 24-hour outage reporting.

To protect sensitive electronic equipment, SaskPower advises plugging them into surge-protector bars.

While there may not be enough time to make any large preparations ahead of this storm, for future winter storms they suggest winterizing your home to retain heat by insulating walls and attics, caulking or weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic. It is also crucial to maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected once a year.

Finally, if you use electronic life-sustaining equipment, SaskPower advises having a backup power source in case of outages.