Power outages can occur at any time. Being prepared before the power goes out is the best way to stay safe and comfortable while you wait for the lights to come back on.
Thinking about electricity
1. Have the class think about how we depend on electricity every day.
2. Now think about what happens when the power goes out:
Living without power
3. In small groups have students brainstorm what life would be like without power for up to three days. Remember that in a power outage, you may be left without heat, light, hot water and the ability to use or charge electronic devices.
4. Ask the class for ideas and write them up on the board.
5. Go over the "Power’s out" worksheet and have students complete the before, during or after exercise in pairs.
6. As a class, check the answers (see "Notes to help you teach" below for the answer key).
7. Now put the plan into action by sending the worksheet home for students to share with their parents and get prepared.
A power outage can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. There are many causes of power outages that can occur throughout B.C. – wind or snow storms, car accidents and more.
During a power outage, you may be left without lighting, heating/air conditioning, hot water or running water.
You can lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance. A household should be prepared to go without electricity for at least 72 hours.
Worksheet answer key
Before an outage
During an outage
After an outage
Use these tips to prepare for an outage at your school:
Information to help families create an emergency plan: