Hydro One is gearing up to respond to severe weather that is expected to bring rain, high wind gusts and thunderstorms across parts of Ontario.

As outages occur, an estimated time of restoration will be determined for each incident once damage has been assessed.

Customers can now report their outage online, through the company’s outage map and app, or by phone. Hydro One updates the outage tools every 10 minutes as information comes in from their crews on-the-ground.

Hydro One also encourages their customers to be prepared with an Emergency Preparedness Kit. Emergency preparedness kit

Here’s what to include:

Water and food that won’t spoil for all family members, including pets
A manual can opener
Windup or battery-powered flashlight and radio
Batteries and extended battery chargers
First aid kit and medical items

Emergency numbers including Hydro One’s emergency line, 1-800-434-1235

Fully charged cell-phone or have at least one corded phone at home; a cordless phone will not work in a power outage

Keep your emergency kit in a backpack and make sure everyone in your home knows where to find it.

Stay safe during a power outage

If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.

Tracking power outages

For outage information and updates, visit Hydro One’s outage map or download the free mobile app. Customers can also sign up in advance for text or email notifications. These free tools allow customers to check the status of power outages anywhere in Hydro One’s service area and receive helpful tips and news. Sign up at www.hydroone.com/outages.