Hayden Louwers, left, and his brother Hunter, check out a display created by B.C. Hydro to educate the public on how to be prepared for long-term power outages caused by extreme weather and other natural forces. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Hayden Louwers, left, and his brother Hunter, check out a display created by B.C. Hydro to educate the public on how to be prepared for long-term power outages caused by extreme weather and other natural forces. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

B.C. Hydro in Nanaimo warns about effects of wild weather

Utility educates public how to be prepared for extended power outages

B.C. Hydro hopes it isn’t just whistling in the breeze when it comes to warning its customers to be prepared for winter winds and other forces of nature that can cause power outages that last for days or even weeks.

A windstorm in December 2018, the worst in B.C. Hydro’s history, caused unprecedented infrastructure damage and left more than 750,000 customers without power on the south B.C. Coast, but a recent survey commissioned by B.C. Hydro revealed more than 60 per cent of British Columbians – who had experienced that storm and are also aware of the increasing severity and frequency of storms – still have not taken steps to become more prepared for power outages. More than 50 per cent had not have an emergency kit, the survey found.

On Wednesday, B.C. Hydro in Nanaimo unveiled a Weather the Storm information kiosk, with a fan that can simulate a 40-kilometre-per-hour wind, that can be taken to events to educate the public about the potential for damaging winds, earthquakes or other events that could leave people without electrical service for extended periods, and how to prepare for them.

“It’s just a fun way to remind people to be prepared,” said Ted Olynyk, B.C. Hydro spokesman. “Get prepared. Not just for storm events, but for any event that can hit us on Vancouver Island.”

Olynyk went on to point out strong winds Tuesday night left thousands of customers on the Lower Mainland and Victoria.

“You never know when it’s going to hit. You never know how strong the winds are going to be, so that’s why we’re always telling people, be prepared, have your emergency kit, have fresh batteries, have a charger for your cellphone. Do you have water? Do you have what you need to last 72 hours in case there’s an outage?”

B.C. Hydro recommends a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, required medications and non-perishable food and bottle water be included in a basic emergency kit.

The demonstration kiosk will be set up at Ladysmith Light Up on Thursday evening.



photos@nanaimobulletin.com
Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

B.C. Hydro in Nanaimo warns about effects of wild weather

Just Posted

This month Christy Blom’s Springtime show is on display at Art 10 Gallery. (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo painter welcomes spring with watercolour exhibition

Christy Blom presents month-long ‘Springtime’ show at Art 10 Gallery

Lucas Philp, senior fish culturist at Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery, packs up pipes and hoses used to transfer trout from the transport truck into lakes, shortly after releasing about 500 rainbow trout into Colliery Dam No. 3 lake Wednesday. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
There are fresh fish to catch in Nanaimo’s lakes

Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery released thousands of catchable-size rainbow trout this week

Protesters march on Nanaimo’s Commercial Street last September, calling for greater protection of B.C.’s old-growth forests. (News Bulletin file photo)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More old growth needs protecting

Public support for protecting old-growth forests is evident, says letter writer

The shadow cast of the Satyr Players production of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’: Linda Dohmeier as Dr. Scott, Olivia Erickson as Columbia, Brandon Caul as Rocky, Christopher Carter as Brad, Charlie Prince as Eddie, Branden Martell as Riff Raff, Jenna Morgan as Magenta, Megan Rhode as Janet and Adrien Kennedy as Dr. Frank-N-Furter (clockwise from left). (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
VIU student actors go online for 25th-annual ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Satyr Players theatre company to broadcast pre-recorded shadow production

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s board is forwarding a motion on illegal dumping to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities’ upcoming annual general meeting. (Kane Blake photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo motion seeks to ask province for help to combat illegal dumping

RDN resolution to be forwarded to Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Beef to the plow driver who completely soaked me in dirty slush at the bus stop at Fifth and Hillcrest. I could tell you were driving quite fast so I tried to back up as far as the snowbank would allow but you did not slow down. I am 68 and had to pick up a prescription and had no choice but to continue on soaking wet.
Beefs & Bouquets, March 3

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends deadline for tourism, small business COVID-19 grants

Business owners expect months more of lost revenues

Steven Kothlow and Bryce Raffle, who split their time between Nanaimo and New Westminster, have released their first children’s book, ‘The Littlest Dinosaur.’ (Photo courtesy BHB Photography)
Nanaimo-raised writer releases children’s book about a lonely dinosaur

Steven Kothlow and partner Bryce Raffle make children’s book debut with ‘The Littlest Dinosaur’

A rendering of the new Nanaimo Correctional Centre. (IBI Group Architects image)
Designs come in for Nanaimo’s new jail

City’s design advisory panel supports height variance at Nanaimo Correctional Centre

Protestors against old growth logging gather in front of the courthouse in Victoria on Thursday morning. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Protesters gather at Victoria courthouse to oppose Port Renfrew logging

Logging company seeks injunction to remove blockades near its Port Renfrew operation

Construction takes place on Bamfield Main in early February 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY CTV NEWS)
Ongoing Bamfield roadwork unrelated to planned $30M fix

Construction by Mosaic unrelated to $30M upgrade ordered in wake of fatal bus crash

(Pxhere)
B.C. research reveals how pandemic has changed attitudes towards sex, health services

CDC survey shows that 35 per cent of people were worried about being judged

Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Brett Williams/The Observer)
#Buttergate: Concerns around hard butter hit small B.C. towns and beyond

Canadians find their butter was getting harder, blame palm oil in part one of this series

Most Read