Keep safety in mind during storm season with these tips
24 October 2019
UPDATE - 11 a.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020: Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Metro Vancouver including Richmond. Please follow Environment Canada for updates on special weather statements and warnings.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Metro Vancouver, including Richmond, advising of strong wind conditions for Friday.
Wind, rain and 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.
As part of regular routine, City staff continuously monitor dikes, pump stations, drainage systems, water levels, roads, parks and other infrastructure to ensure public safety and maintain City services and resources. 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 24-hour dispatch line at 604-270-8721.
The City of Richmond encourages its residents to keep the following safety precautions in mind before and during storms:
- Please be cautious during storms 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Review your emergency plan for your family.
- Keep your emergency kit handy, as well as back-up phone chargers, flashlights and any other items you may need (ie. medication, food items). Ensure your emergency kit is complete with enough supplies for your family (and pets) for up to 72 hours.
- If on the road, watch carefully for pedestrians, other road users, leave generous stopping distance and slow down. Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination and remember to turn your lights on. If traffic signals are not working, please follow the four-way stop procedure.
- Take initiative and ensure street storm drains or gutters in your neighbourhood are clear of leaves and other debris. This will help prevent localized flooding.
- 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 and monitor regular weather updates from Environment Canada. Please follow a reliable weather/news source for current updates.
For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.richmond.ca/emergency.