Stay safe in stormy weather using these tips
20 December 2018
A series of intense storms involving strong winds and heavy rains are affecting the South Coast of British Columbia.
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.
Storm-related emergencies including traffic signals not working, hazardous or downed trees on streets and sidewalks, or in public parks are to be reported to the City’s 24hr dispatch line at 604-270-8721
Downed power lines should always be considered energized, extremely dangerous and treated as an emergency – stay at least a bus-length (10 metres) away and call 9-1-1 to report the location and what you see. Lines could be active and may not show any signs.
Follow these safety precautions during significant rainfall and high winds:
- Please be cautious during this time as trees may fall or loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Remember to secure any items on your property that may blow away. Use caution when out in parks and to avoid heavily wooded areas.
- If you experience a power outage, check the BC Hydro outage map/list to see if they already know about it. If your outage isn't listed, call 1-800-BCHYDRO (1-800-224-9376) or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile phone to report the outage.
- Keep your emergency kit handy, as well as back-up phone chargers, flashlights and any other items you may need (ie. medication, food items).
- If on the road, watch carefully for pedestrians, other road users, leave generous stopping distance and slow down. If traffic signals are not working, please follow the four-way stop procedure. Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.
- Take initiative and ensure street storm drains or gutters are clear of leaves and other debris. This will help prevent localized flooding.
- 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.
- 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 such as Environment Canada for weather updates and specific safety information.
- Please stay away and keep distance from hazardous areas such as sites of failing trees, or water areas such as shorelines or riverbanks. Stay alert, maintain a safe distance and be careful – flooding, high tides and unexpected waves can occur during a storm.
To ensure the safety of people and Richmond infrastructure, City staff and crews receive regular weather updates from Environment 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.
Updates will be posted to the City of Richmond’s social media accounts: @Richmond_BC (Twitter), @cityofrichmondbc (Facebook). Emergency and non-emergency alerts will be posted to @RichmondBCAlert (Twitter).
For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.richmond.ca/emergency.