Column: Wind and rain; preparing for a storm

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

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.

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