Winter storms can happen on the North Shore. These events may result in power outages, fallen trees, blocked roads, icy conditions and extremely cold temperatures. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.
The most important life saving tip during extreme cold is to seek warm shelter immediately. If you must go out in the extreme cold, please check weather conditions at Environment Canada - Public Weather Warnings for alerts on the North Shore, and dress appropriately.
Before the Storm
Have a home emergency kit with essential supplies so you can stay safe and comfortable in your home and not have to venture out for supplies. Considering adding the following items:
- Rock salt or more environmentally safe product to melt ice on walkways and driveways.
- Sand to improve traction
- Snow shovels
Consider winterizing your home by insulating walls and attics, caulking, weather stripping doors and windows and insulating pipes.
Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
Monitor local media for severe weather warnings. Environment Canada lists public weather warnings for British Columbia.
Winterize your car. Get your vehicle ready for winter and learn how to stay in control while skidding. Transport Canada has tips for safe winter driving.
Have a vehicle emergency kit so you are prepared if you encounter problems while driving.
Have the BC Hydro number ready to report an outage 1-888-POWERON (1 888 769 3766), or *HYDRO (*49376) on your cellphone.