Preparing for Stormy Weather
This is the season for heavy rains, high winds, localized flooding, and possibly even landslides.
By taking a few simple steps, you can be better prepared for extreme weather. Check your emergency preparedness supplies - do you have enough food and water for at least 3 days? How about flashlights and extra batteries? Additional tips include:
- Keep your devices fully charged
- Power outage? Check BC Hydro's Outage Map for additional information
- If you live near waterways, stay alert to rising water levels
- Don't walk or drive across flooded roads
- Be aware of the changes that could signal a landslide; learn more here
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters and storm drains
- Live alone? Establish a self-help network to check on you
Sign up for Alertable, NSEM's free emergency notification system, to stay informed on emergency situations.
We can't stop winter storms from happening, but by preparing we can reduce their impact.
North Shore Evacuation Guide
Some emergencies — such as a fire, or hazardous materials release — may make staying in your home dangerous. In such cases, it may be safer for you to evacuate the area and go to family or friends, or an emergency reception centre.
NSEM has created the North Shore Evacuation Guide to help residents understand:
- what steps to take before and during an evacuation,
- the difference between an Evacuation Alert verses an Evacuation Order; and
- how to make an evacuation plan.
Preview or download the Evacuation Guide here.