Winter can mean rain, snow, floods, high winds, power outages and cold temperatures, especially at higher elevations. During winter months, you can do your part by taking care of yourself and your property and by helping out neighbours in need. Here are some tips to help you prepare for West Vancouver’s most challenging season:
- monitor the District website, Twitter and Facebook pages for snowfall warnings and other alerts
- follow North Shore Emergency Management on Twitter and sign-up for RapidNotify
- especially during periods of heavy rainfall, avoid creeks and rivers. Flash floods are a real possibility and pose a significant danger
- keep an emergency kit and supplies in your home, office and car. Stock up on food and water and ensure that your prescriptions are filled. Visit North Shore Emergency Management or call 778-338-6300 for more information
- keep your (and your neighbours) driveway and walkway clear of ice and snow. Check in on neighbours and family members who may require assistance
- park off the road to allow ploughs and emergency vehicles space to pass. Don’t abandon your car if it gets stuck.
- avoid driving during extreme weather events. If you need to drive, take extra caution and plan for extra time to reach your destination
- stay well clear of downed power lines and report them by calling 9-1-1. Learn more from BC Hydro
Find information on how and your family can prepare for snow events this winter.