Torch and batteries. Keep a torch and spare batteries handy.
Telephone. Ensure that you have at least one telephone that does not rely on electricity for operation (most cordless telephones will not work when electricity fails).
Alternative fuel. Ensure that an alternate fuel is always available for cooking (e.g. gas for BBQ).
Your fuse box. Know where your main switch is to isolate electricity from your premises. This will minimise the risk of electrical fire from exposed or broken wires.
Sensitive appliances. If you have sensitive appliances (computers, TVs) consider using a surge protection device to avoid damage from a potential power interruption.
Water pump. Be aware that water pumps in rural areas may not work when the power is off. Protect your water supply with a back-up supply using a header tank or a high volume pressure tank.
Advice for people with medical equipment that relies on electricity. People using medical equipment that relies on electricity should ensure they are prepared for power interruptions and if there is an immediate health threat contact their health provider or call 111.