Emergency Preparedness

A man plays a guitar in the shade at Oppenheimer Park in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 28, 2021, during the heat dome event that set temperature records across the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Policy revamp might save lives in next heat dome, but so could community, say B.C. experts

Checking in on neighbours, vulnerable could save lives, experts say

 

B.C. Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman speaks during an announcement at Burns Bog, in Delta, B.C., on Monday, June 29, 2020.The British Columbia government has released its new strategy to get the province ready to fight extreme weather. Heyman says the plan includes enhanced roles for the BC Wildfire Service to prepare and prevent fires. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. urges preparedness and strategy to fight extreme climate events

Communities urged to take steps to minimize the potential damage

 

Emergency repairs on Frank Street are now complete. (City of Terrace)

Terrace lifts state of emergency, Ferry Island to reopen Wednesday

Frank Street reopened as emergency repairs complete

 

The City of Terrace declared a state of local emergency starting from June 9 to complete repairs to Frank Street as the flood risk forecast continues to decrease. (Rod Link/Terrace Standard)

Evacuation alerts rescinded for New Remo, Old Remo, Dutch Valley and Usk

Residents are asked to remain vigilant around moving water as conditions can change

The City of Terrace declared a state of local emergency starting from June 9 to complete repairs to Frank Street as the flood risk forecast continues to decrease. (Rod Link/Terrace Standard)
The ferry at Usk east of Terrace. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Emergency orders dropped for all of Old Remo, Usk and area ‘C’

The Kalum, Zymacord and Skeena Rivers continue to recede

The ferry at Usk east of Terrace. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Terrace engineering director Jonathan Lambert (left) with Mayor Carol Leclerc and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross at a Tiger Dam around the Skeena Street lift station on June 4. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

Terrace declares state of local emergency amid flood risk on Frank Street

Frank Street will be closed to all traffic during construction

Terrace engineering director Jonathan Lambert (left) with Mayor Carol Leclerc and Skeena MLA Ellis Ross at a Tiger Dam around the Skeena Street lift station on June 4. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

85% of British Columbians fear another extreme weather event, but few are prepared: survey

Almost half of survey respondents taking “wait-and-see” approach, BCAA found

A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
People lined up at the RBC in Terrace to withdraw cash on Tuesday, June 7. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

Terrace residents go without internet or telephone service for more than 8 hours

Businesses, including gas stations and grocery stores, couldn’t process electronic payments

People lined up at the RBC in Terrace to withdraw cash on Tuesday, June 7. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
The ferry at Usk east of Terrace has been pulled from service on the Skeena River for now because of rising water levels. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Evacuation orders rescinded for New Remo and parts of Old Remo

New Remo and parts of Old Remo are now on evacuation alert only

The ferry at Usk east of Terrace has been pulled from service on the Skeena River for now because of rising water levels. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. launches heat alert system following 2021’s deadly heat dome

System to have 2 levels: warning and extreme heat emergencies

Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. chief coroner Lisa Lapointe released a report Tuesday (June 7) reviewing heat-related deaths in B.C. in summer 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Review into B.C.’s 2021 heat dome deaths finds 93% didn’t have air conditioning

Cooling requirements in new builds among recommendations by BC Coroners Service’s report

B.C. chief coroner Lisa Lapointe released a report Tuesday (June 7) reviewing heat-related deaths in B.C. in summer 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A staff member will be on site to fill the machine with sand. (Submitted photo/City of Terrace)

Sandbagging machine operational in Terrace

Hand bagging is still available at the Public Works yard as well as at the Thornhill Fire Department

A staff member will be on site to fill the machine with sand. (Submitted photo/City of Terrace)
The ferry at Usk east of Terrace has been pulled from service on the Skeena River for now because of rising water levels. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Evacuation alerts issued for Old Remo, New Remo, Dutch Valley, and Usk

Flood risk for the greater Terrace area “continues to decrease” as city proceeds with response plan

The ferry at Usk east of Terrace has been pulled from service on the Skeena River for now because of rising water levels. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Sandbags. (Black Press file photo)

Sandbags available for greater Terrace area residents at risk of flooding

Water levels now projected to reach volumes likely to occur once in a 20-year period by Sunday

Sandbags. (Black Press file photo)
A small plane had to make an emergency landing Sunday, May 22, at the Vernon Regional Airport. (File photo)

Plane makes emergency landing Sunday at Okanagan airport

Nobody injured after small plane touches down at Vernon Regional Airport without landing gear extended

A small plane had to make an emergency landing Sunday, May 22, at the Vernon Regional Airport. (File photo)
President and founder of Save A Dog Network, Katie Powell gets a kiss from a dog after bringing bags of dog food by canoe to stranded homes during flooding in Peguis First Nation, Man., Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Dozens of experts advising the government on the best way to adapt to the reality of climate change say we need to do more to prepare infrastructure for the threats of extreme weather and get faster to help Canadians recover when their lives and livelihoods are threatened by floods, fires and major storms.THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Resilient infrastructure, faster disaster recovery needed to adapt to climate change

Since the 1960s, Canada has moved from about 30 climate-related disasters a decade to more than 100

President and founder of Save A Dog Network, Katie Powell gets a kiss from a dog after bringing bags of dog food by canoe to stranded homes during flooding in Peguis First Nation, Man., Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Dozens of experts advising the government on the best way to adapt to the reality of climate change say we need to do more to prepare infrastructure for the threats of extreme weather and get faster to help Canadians recover when their lives and livelihoods are threatened by floods, fires and major storms.THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)

B.C. rolls out emergency preparedness funds for First Nations and municipalities

Funding will go toward capacity building for emergency support in those communities

B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice. (Norman Galimski/Black Press)
There were nearly 400 earthquakes recorded in Canada in the month of April 2022. (MAP COURTESY EARTHQUAKES CANADA)

400 and counting: April a busy month for earthquakes in BC

Few regions in Canada escape Earth’s shake, rattle and roll, says seismologist

There were nearly 400 earthquakes recorded in Canada in the month of April 2022. (MAP COURTESY EARTHQUAKES CANADA)
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped evacuate residents impacted by the flooding on Martindale Road on Monday, Nov. 15. (Michael Briones photo)

14 B.C. First Nations and communities receiving funds to create new evacuation plans

Disasters in 2021 proved importance of evacuating people quickly in large-scale emergency situations

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue helped evacuate residents impacted by the flooding on Martindale Road on Monday, Nov. 15. (Michael Briones photo)
Tofino’s tsunami sirens sounded off on Saturday morning as an advisory prompted beach closures. (Westerly file photo)

Tsunami advisory an important reminder for B.C. coastal communities to be prepared

Volcanic eruption near Tonga Islands activates emergency operations on Saturday

Tofino’s tsunami sirens sounded off on Saturday morning as an advisory prompted beach closures. (Westerly file photo)