New statistics come as Emergency Preparedness Week gets underway
TORONTO, May 8, 2019 /CNW/ - It's Emergency Preparedness Week, but a recent survey shows that the majority of Toronto Hydro customers aren't prepared for emergencies, despite expressing concern about extreme weather events.
When asked, 76% of customers said that they were concerned about extreme weather events such as high winds, heavy rain or ice storms, but only 29% of customers reported having an emergency kit prepared in case of an emergency.
The number one reason given for not being prepared is the belief that any emergency will be short-lived.
And while most power outages don't last very long, extreme weather events can cause extended outages. The 2013 ice storm, for example, resulted in 300,000 Toronto Hydro customers losing power at the peak of the storm, and the event lasted for a total of 13 days. With severe storms occurring more frequently, there's now an increased risk of emergencies, such as power outages.
That's why we're encouraging our customers to build emergency kits. The general rule is to pack it with enough supplies to last for 72 hours.
Beginning preparations is as simple as following Toronto Hydro's tips:
A complete emergency preparedness guide is available on our website at torontohydro.com/beprepared. We'll be posting emergency preparedness tips on social media for the entire week in an effort to encourage our customers to get prepared.
"While it's true that most power outages don't last very long, we can't rely on that always being the case during an emergency. We want our customers to plan ahead, just in case, so they can keep themselves safe and comfortable during an emergency."
- Tori Gass, Spokesperson, Toronto Hydro
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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation