More cases of extreme weather are being seen around the globe due to climate change. Extreme weather hazards in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District can include snow and ice storms, heat waves, heavy rains, thunder and lightning storms, and wind storms. All types of extreme weather are very unpredictable, so it is important to have a plan in place, especially in the case of storms that can last for days.
- Develop a household emergency plan and assign specific safety tasks to family members. Practice your household emergency plan every six months.
- Put together an emergency kit to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours, but aim for one week. Keep a kit in your vehicle, and at school or work.
- Plan a family meeting spot and have a contact, such as a family member in another region, to check in with if you become separated.
- Get training in emergency preparedness and first aid.
- Keep your vehicle in working order and always have at least half a tank of gas.
- Pay attention to notices of danger and information updates on radio, TV and the internet.
- Check Environment Canada for weather updates, and check road conditions before travelling in a storm.
- During periods of extreme cold, stay indoors and keep warm. Close the doors to all rooms not in use, and do not use gas or propane indoors as the carbon monoxide released can cause suffocation.
- If power has been out for a long period of time in cold weather, open your faucets a little to prevent water from freezing.
- If you venture outside in the cold, wear warm, dry clothing. Be careful when shoveling snow and travel only when it is necessary, in daylight.
- If there is a power outage, contact BC Hydro. If you see fires or lines and poles down, call 9-1-1 and do not go near them.
- In extreme heat, stay cool and reduce strenuous activity. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Check on elderly or disabled loves ones at least twice a day. Never leave children or pets in parked cars.
- If you are in your car during a lightning storm, stay inside. Avoid standing near tall objects like trees.