Get prepared for severe weather

An illustration of severe weather

Severe weather like thunderstorms, hail, blizzards, high winds or heavy rain can happen without warning and in any season. Severe weather often causes a loss of power.

To prepare for severe weather:


Severe weather checklist

  • Have a battery-operated radio
    • This allows you to listen to your local station for warnings, advice and instructions
  • ​​Stow flashlights with extra batteries
  • Winterize your home
    • Insulate walls and attics
    • Weather-strip doors and windows
    • Clear rain gutters
    • 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
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of food and water
    • Food in your fridge and freezer is usually safe to consume if the power is out for less than four hours
    • Fireplaces, wood stoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used outdoors for emergency cooking. DO NOT use barbecues or camp stoves indoors

Vehicle preparedness checklist

Preparing your vehicle (PDF, 721KB) includes packing a winter survival kit. Your kit should include:

  • Grab-and-go bag containing water, non-perishable food, and first aid supplies
  • Windshield scraper and snow brush
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Spare tire, wheel wrench and jack
  • Shovel and traction mat, sand or kitty litter
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Extra clothing and footwear
  • Flares and matches or lighter
  • Fuel line antifreeze
  • Tire chains and gloves

Weather alerts

Plan your route and keep up-to-date with weather information:

You can also call toll-free 1-800-550-4997 for B.C. road information 24 hours a day.