Storm ready social media package

During the fall and winter months, B.C. experiences seasonal hazards such as severe weather, flooding and power outages.

Preparing for storms is an important step toward building resilient communities. To help, Prepared BC has created easy-to-use social media packages with pre-formatted content and graphics. 

Post this content directly to your own social media channels OR follow @PreparedBC on Facebook and Twitter to share our tweets and posts!

Instructions for posting

  • Copy-and-paste the content below in a new Twitter or Facebook post.
  • Download, then attach the storm ready graphic below. The graphic works on both Twitter and Facebook.
  • Option: add information, photos and hashtags specific to your community.
  • Links and tagged accounts can be tricky, make sure to check they work before you post. 

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Severe storms in the fall and winter can cause flooding in coastal areas. Are you ready for #BCFlood? Learn how to prepare: http://ow.ly/82qG30pC8xt


If you are facing a flood, it’s important to monitor local radio stations, television news and social media for the latest information from your local authorities. #BCFlood


#DYK?? A mere 6 inches of rushing water can knock an adult off their feet. Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles – including trucks and SUVs! NEVER attempt to drive, swim or walk across flooded areas. Learn more: http://ow.ly/XdVa30pxN2C #BCFlood


#BCFlood tip: Avoid electrical shock! Always wear rubber boots while standing in water. Keep extension cords out of the water. 


#BCFlood tip: Do NOT attempt to shut off the electricity if any water is present.


#BCFlood tip: Put waterproof sealant around basement windows and below ground-level doors.


#BCFlood tip: Check that your roof and eaves are draining properly in heavy rains.


#BCFlood tip: Raise electrical appliances off the ground.


Learn how to prepare your home and yourself for #BCFlood. http://ow.ly/XdVa30pxN2C


Is your home ready for #BCFlood? Check these tasks off your list:

✔️ Create your grab-and-go bags and emergency plan

✔️ Contact your insurance agent to verify your coverage for floods

✔️ Keep valuables, important documents and family mementos in watertight containers


Get ready for #BCFlood. Prepare your important documents and finances for potential flooding:

✔️ Review what your insurance covers

✔️ Keep documents in waterproof containers

✔️ Save digital copies of important papers


Heavy rain can cause sudden flooding. Stay tuned to local weather alerts if your area is at risk. Remember! Do not walk, swim OR drive through flood waters. #BCFlood


Building a sandbag dike can protect your home and property from flooding. Follow this video tutorial for how to build a sturdy sandbag dike yourself! #BCFlood https://youtu.be/exb2iUgH8cI

Don’t be left in the dark! Having your home emergency kit stocked and ready will ensure you are prepared for power outages. Learn more: http://ow.ly/gcDs30pxNdx #BCStorm


Power outages can happen anytime, often without warning. Make sure you have an emergency plan and emergency kit with supplies to support your household for three days to a week: http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w #BCStorm


Are you ready in case of a #poweroutage? @BCHydro has some great tips for preparing your business: http://ow.ly/UN3n30pxNg3  #BCStorm


Are you ready in case of a #poweroutage? @BCHydro has some great tips for preparing your home: http://ow.ly/msD430pxNgx  #BCStorm


During extended power outages, you may be left without light, heat and hot water. Are you prepared? Getting ready for any emergency is as easy as 1-2-3.

1) Know your hazards
2) Make your emergency plan
3) Build your emergency kit and grab-and-go bags

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#PowerOutage tip: A downed power line is dangerous, even if you don’t touch it! If you see a downed power line, stay back at least 10 metres and dial 9-1-1.


#PowerOutage tip: Keep freezers and refrigerators closed to avoid spoiling food.


#PowerOutage tip: Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges when power is restored.


Are you ready for #BCStorm season? Gather enough supplies – food, water, flashlights, blankets and batteries – in case you find yourself without power. Don’t forget your pets – they need supplies, too! http://ow.ly/qyff30pEO4k  

Severe weather, like thunderstorms, hail, blizzards, ice storms, high winds and heavy rain can happen anytime and without warning. Are you ready? Build an emergency kit for your home and ensure you’re prepared for whatever weather comes your way. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w #BCStorm


Are you ready for #BCStorm? Building an emergency kit for your home will make sure you’re prepared for whatever weather comes your way. Don’t forget supplies for your pets, too! http://ow.ly/qyff30pEO4k 


Storm season is upon us – are you, your family and your home ready? Get your emergency kit stocked up with everything you need for three days to a week. Learn more: http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w #BCStorm


#BCStorm tip: Trim branches away from your house and powerlines to prevent damage in high winds.


#BCStorm tip: Ensure your home and car emergency kits are refreshed – you may need them this winter!


#BCStorm tip: Create an emergency plan with your family before severe weather hits. http://ow.ly/jESx30pxLN9


#BCStorm tip: Now is the time to weather strip doors and windows. Get prepared and save money on heating!

#DYK your community may be more at risk for one kind of disaster over another? Find out what hazards could affect you: http://ow.ly/wJFE30pxLKc


Every home needs an emergency plan. Complete your plan here: http://ow.ly/jESx30pxLN9


Does your family know what to do if disaster strikes? Start planning today: http://ow.ly/jESx30pxLN9


Get prepared for any kind of emergency. Build your emergency kit and grab-and-go bags. Find out how: http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w


Preparedness starts with you. Build your emergency kit BEFORE you need it. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w

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Flooding can happen at any time of year. You can prepare for winter flooding and protect your property by checking these tasks off your emergency preparedness list!

✔️ Make sure ice is cleared from outdoor drains and downspouts

✔️ Remove snow from ground-level doors and windows

✔️ Check that your roof doesn’t have ice dams

✔️ Make sure your basement drains aren’t blocked


Flooding can happen at any time of year. You can prepare for fall flooding and protect your property by checking these tasks off your emergency preparedness list!

✔️ Clear leaves from eavestroughs, downspouts and drains

✔️ Put sealant around basement windows and below ground-level doors

✔️ Install flood shields for basement windows and doors

✔️ Raise large appliances in the basement onto wood blocks


Floods are one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters in Canada. By taking some simple prevention measures, you can reduce your risk and potential losses.

✔️ Park vehicles away from streams and waterways

✔️ Do not walk or drive through flood waters

✔️ Raise electrical appliances off the ground

✔️ Move valuable and special items to upper floors

✔️ Anchor fuel supplies

Listen to local officials if you are asked to evacuate


Floods don’t discriminate. They can affect any home and cause major damage. Check out some flood facts:

✔️ Both older and newer homes can be at risk for flooding

✔️ If your property has flooded in the past, it can happen again 

✔️ Flood-caused mould can affect your health

✔️ Overland flooding (usually caused by melting snow or rainstorms) is often not covered by general house insurance

Learn more and be flood ready: http://ow.ly/XdVa30pxN2C


Being prepared can pay off! Many insurance companies offer discounts for installing devices like sump pumps and backwater valves in your home to help prevent water damage. Contact your insurance agent to see what is available to you.


Building a sandbag dike can protect your home and property from flooding. Follow this video tutorial for how to build a sturdy sandbag dike yourself! https://youtu.be/exb2iUgH8cI

If you’re sheltering from a storm and the power goes out:

✔️ Unplug appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges

✔️ Keep your fridge and freezer closed so food lasts longer

✔️ Only use generators outside, away from windows

✔️ NEVER use BBQs or camp stoves inside


Power outages can happen anytime and without warning. Be ready by ensuring you have an emergency plan and emergency kit with supplies for three days to a week: 

When the power does go out:

✔️ Turn off all tools, appliances and electronic equipment

✔️ Turn down thermostats for home heating systems

✔️ Don't open your freezer or fridge unnecessarily

✔️ Use battery-powered lanterns. If you must use candles, make sure they have proper holders. Never leave lit candles unattended. 

Learn more: http://ow.ly/gcDs30pxNdx


Communication is key during a power outage. Make sure your household emergency kit has a battery-powered or hand-crank radio so you can track official information.

You should also have a battery pack for mobile devices. Conserve your phone’s battery by:

✔️ Reducing the screen's brightness

✔️ Placing your phone in airplane mode when not using it

✔️ Closing apps you are not using

✔️ Turning on the battery saving setting

Learn more: http://ow.ly/gcDs30pxNdx


Hey, who turned out the lights??
Power outages are common during the fall and winter months. Make sure you’re ready with a complete household emergency kit with non-perishable food, water, light, a first aid kit and other essentials for three days to a week. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w


The power is out but you have a fridge full of food. Now what? @BCHydro suggests that if the power is out for less than four hours, the food in your fridge and freezer will be safe to consume. If the power is out in your home for longer than four hours, follow these guidelines on making your food supply last as long as possible. http://ow.ly/Q9o630pxN8z


Prepare for a power outage BEFORE it happens:

✔️ Complete your emergency plan and pack your home emergency kit 

✔️ Chat with your neighbours about how you'll help each other

✔️ Take an inventory of all necessary items that rely on electricity and try to find alternatives like flashlights and lanterns

✔️ Keep mobile phones charged; have extra power banks in your emergency kit

Learn more: http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w

Storm season is upon us and that means a lot more rain and even snow! #DYK? Northern B.C. sees anywhere from 120 to 235 days of precipitation each year. Be prepared for whatever nature throws at you by having an emergency plan and an emergency kit that’s stocked for three days to a week. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w


Storm season is upon us and that means a lot more rain and even snow! #DYK? Central B.C. sees anywhere from 106 to 202 days of precipitation each year. Be prepared for whatever nature throws at you by having an emergency plan and an emergency kit that’s stocked for three days to a week. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w


Storm season is upon us and that means a lot more rain and even snow! #DYK? Vancouver Island sees anywhere from 148 to 208 days of precipitation each year. Be prepared for whatever nature throws at you by having an emergency plan and an emergency kit that’s stocked for three days to a week. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w


Storm season is upon us and that means a lot more rain and even snow! #DYK? The Gulf Islands see anywhere from 148 to 186 days of precipitation each year. Be prepared for whatever nature throws at you by having an emergency plan and an emergency kit that’s stocked for three days to a week. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w


Storm season is upon us and that means a lot more rain and even snow! #DYK? The Lower Mainland sees anywhere from 165 to 190 days of precipitation each year. Be prepared for whatever nature throws at you by having an emergency plan and an emergency kit that’s stocked for three days to a week. http://ow.ly/YRqk30pxN0w


Storm season is here. Snow storms, wind storms, ice storms and other severe weather can lead to emergency situations like power outages and flooding. Prepare your home and yourself for the season.

✔️ Make sure you have an adequate supply of food and water

✔️ Have a battery-operated radio

✔️ Stow flashlights with extra batteries

✔️ Winterize your home

✔️ Inspect your chimney or flue

http://ow.ly/MZNz30pxNiP


Severe weather such as thunderstorms, hail, snow storms, ice storms, high winds or heavy rain can happen without warning and in any season. Have you prepared your home? These simple tips can help reduce damage and save you money.

✔️ Insulate walls and attics

✔️ Weather-strip doors and windows

✔️ Clear rain gutters and roof drains

✔️ Remove tree branches that could fall during strong winds

✔️ Inspect your chimney or flue – This helps prevent structural fires and ensures smoke, carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gases are properly vented

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With severe weather often comes a loss of power, so be prepared to be on your own by developing an emergency plan, putting together your emergency kit and connecting with your neighbours. http://ow.ly/jESx30pxLN9