If the power is cut off in an emergency

An emergency could cut off your power / electricity supply.

If this happens it could also affect:

  • machines you use to pay for things called EFTPOS
  • machines you use to take money from your bank account called ATM.

You should make sure you have:

  • some money at home


  • enough supplies to last for at least 3 days.

Things to think about

If the power / electricity supply was cut off for many days:

  • what would you do?
  • how would you make sure you could still:
    • see when it gets dark?
    • cook things?
    • keep yourself warm?

Things you can do if the power is cut off in an emergency

Make sure everyone in the house knows where they can find:

  • a torch
  • spare batteries.

It is a good idea to have a radio that is:

  • powered by batteries


  • solar powered.

Keep a list of which radio stations to listen to for information.

Make sure you have:

  • a supply of food that does not need to be cooked like things in cans


  • something to cook your food on like:
    • a gas barbecue
    • a camping stove.

Make sure you remember to have supplies of food for:

  • babies
  • pets / other animals.

If the power / electricity goes off you should:

  • eat the food from your fridge first


  • eat the food from your freezer


  • eat the food in your:
    • cupboard
    • emergency supplies.

Talk to your neighbours about what they will do if the power is cut off.

You may be able to share supplies with each other if you need to.