The District encourages North Saanich residents to prepare for extreme weather conditions, which Environment Canada has forecast for the coming week.
Temperatures are expected to be well below seasonal, starting the night of Friday December 24, and continuing through the end of December.
Protect yourself and wear appropriate clothing when outdoors, as there will be an increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia with these conditions. Pay attention to weather alerts for Greater Victoria from Environment Canada: weather.gc.ca/.
People in need of a warm, safe place to stay during the cold and wet winter months have access to additional emergency shelter spaces. For a list of shelters, visit: smap.bchousing.org/Shelters-ViewController-context-root/faces/shelters_map_frame.jsf.
Please be mindful of the needs of pets that are unused to extreme cold and wildlife that are habituated to warmer temperatures (for example, hummingbirds may discover their feeders have frozen).
We encourage residents to prepare their homes for the extreme cold. Make sure your heating system is working efficiently, seal all cracks and drafts to keep the heat in, clear rain gutters, and remove tree branches that could fall during strong winds.
As always, we encourage you to plan for potential power outages at home, too. Develop an emergency plan, put together an emergency kit, and connect with your neighbours. You can start your preparations by reviewing the emergency management resources assembled by the Province of BC.
If snow falls, please note that District crews will clear North Saanich roads in this order of priority: major and emergency routes, hills, and curves; then secondary and connector roads; and then residential streets and cul-de-sacs. For more information, including a colour-coded map of snow clearing priority routes, visit: northsaanich.ca/services/snow-removal/.
Drivers are reminded to plan ahead and drive according to weather and road conditions. We encourage you to bring warm clothing that does not restrict movement when driving, and ensure your vehicles are equipped with a full tank of fuel, a windshield scraper and snow brush, food and water, a first-aid kit, and other emergency supplies.
For more information, including a comprehensive overview of resources to help you prepare for winter conditions, see: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PSSG0079-002429.