The following was tweeted by the Juan de Fuca Emergency Program. Click the linked text to visit their Twitter account directly.
#BCstorm estimated time for power restoration for Port Renfrew is 12:00 pm
— JdF Emerg Program (@JdFemerg) August 30, 2015
The BC Government’s Emergency Preparedness Program has the following recommendations:
During an extended power outage, you may be without light, heat and hot water. Planning in advance for this possibility is important, so be prepared to be on your own for a minimum of 72 hours by developing a household plan, putting together your emergency kit andconnecting with your neighbours.
- Fireplaces, woodstoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used for emergency cooking, just don’t use the last two indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide build-up
- Consider a home generator during extended power outages, as long as it’s used in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and never operated indoors
- Stow flashlights around the house and remember to have extra batteries on hand. Other safe lighting options include glow sticks, crank-flashlights, headlamps and battery-operated lanterns
- Have a battery-operated radio and listen to your local station for warnings, advice and instructions
ICBC reminds drivers that sometimes traffic lights stop working properly. The lights can go out, or all four lights can start flashing. Treat the intersection like a four-way stop if this happens.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Four-way stops — when there are stop signs at all corners:
- The first vehicle to arrive at the intersection and come to a complete stop should go first.
- If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the one on the right should go first.
- If two vehicles are facing each other and have arrived at the intersection at about the same time, the one making a left turn should yield to the one going straight through.
- ICBC Developing your SMART driving skills manual (see page 46 for four-way stop information)
- Original PEP Power Outages article
- NOTE: The BC Hydro website is still down at the time of publishing this article; a list of outages is unavailable