Column: Wind and rain; preparing for a storm

Capt. Rob Kivell is the Oak Bay Fire Department’s fire prevention officer

Column: Wind and rain; preparing for a storm

With the storm season upon us the Oak Bay Fire Department would like to offer the following tips for preparing for a wind or rain storm:

• Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture or anything that could become airborne and cause damage.

• Clean out gutters, storm drains, etc. (keeping drains clear of trash, leaves and branches) so rainwater’s can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding.

• Rake leaves to cut down on flying debris and prevent clogged storm drains.

• Expect downed trees and power outages.

• Stay at home as severe weather arrives.

• Have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio in case power goes out.

• Ensure mobile phones are fully charged.

• Have food that doesn’t need refrigeration and 1 gallon of water per person per day. Other important items: first-aid kit, medication, and other critical supplies.

• Ensure outside items in yards and on decks and patios are secure.

• Top off fuel tanks in your vehicles.

• Obtain cash in advance in case ATMs are down due to power outages.

• Store water in big pans and the bathtub for personal use before the storm in case of a power outage.

• Expect downed trees and power outages.

• Stay away from downed power lines.

• Have a communications plan. Make sure all family members understand who to call if you get separated.

• Have essential items on hand to last at least three days — non-perishable food, water, first-aid kit, medication. Have enough for each person in your household.

For additional information contact the Oak Bay Fire Department at 250-592-9121.

Capt. Rob Kivell is the Oak Bay Fire Department’s fire prevention officer.

Oak Bay Fire Department

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