Consider these safety tips when Fall storms hit
13 October 2016
A series of intense storms involving heavy rain and strong winds have arrived on the South Coast of B.C. continuing for the next few days. Storm conditions increase the possibility of a variety of impacts to Richmond including downed trees or power lines, wind damage, power outages, traffic disruptions and localized flooding.
To ensure the safety of people and Richmond infrastructure, City staff and crews receive regular weather updates from Environmental Canada. As part of the City’s regular routine, staff continuously monitor the City’s sophisticated dike, pumping, drainage systems, water levels, roads, parks and other infrastructure to ensure public safety and optimum functionality and usability of city assets.
Downed power lines should always be considered energized, extremely dangerous and treated as an emergency – stay away from them and call 9-1-1 to report the location and what you see.
Please also report downed power lines and fallen trees on public property including roads, sidewalks, and parks to the City of Richmond’s 24 hour dispatch at 604-270-8721.
Follow these safety precautions during significant rainfall and high winds:
- Take initiative and ensure street storm drains or gutters are clear of leaves and other debris. This will help prevent localized flooding.
- If you must travel, give yourself extra time since street lamps and traffic signals may experience outages.
- Slow down and watch for pedestrians in dark, rainy weather. Remember wet leaves are slippery and it may take longer to brake to a stop.
- Remember your traffic safety rules: an intersection normally controlled by signal lights during a power outage becomes a four-way stop. Always stop at a darkened intersection and proceed with caution.
- Unexpected power outages may occur. If you experience a power outage, first make sure your family is safe, then call BC Hydro at 1888-poweron (1-888-769-3766) from your home phone or *hydro (*49376) from a mobile phone to report the issue.
- Review your emergency plan for your family and ensure your emergency kit is complete and easily accessible with enough supplies for your family (and pets) for up to 72 hours.
- Home power outage checklist https://www.bchydro.com/content/dam/BCHydro/customer-portal/documents/corporate/safety/home-outage-checklist.pdf
- Emergency supplies list http://www.richmond.ca/safety/prepare/howto/before/supplies.htm
- Materials for sandbags are available at the Public Works Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane, during heavy rain events. For more information, contact the Public Works Yard at 604-244-1262.
- Monitor the media and reputable sources of information for weather updates and specific safety information.
For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.richmond.ca/emergency.