Weather - Extreme Cold

Warming Centres

A warming centre is a safe indoor space for people to warm up and get information on how to safely stay warm within their own homes. Warming centres are enabled during prolonged outages with extreme weather conditions, when residential power restoration is uncertain.

A warming centre may be made available at Brennan Park Recreation Centre in the event a neighbourhood is without power for a period of more than 24 hours. If power is unavailable at Brennan Park Recreation Centre, an alternate warming centre would be identified.

How to prepare for a power outage or extreme cold weather alert:

Residents can prepare for power outages and extreme weather conditions by ensuring the following household supplies are on hand:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Small portable AM/FM radio with extra batteries
  • Non-perishable food (canned or dried), ensure you have a suitable supply of food for babies, toddlers and pets
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Warm blankets, sleeping bags and clothing for added insulation

Preparedness tips:

  • If you use a fireplace or wood burning stove, collect and store extra firewood in a dry, covered area
  • Charge all cell phones in advance, especially in the event of an expected extreme weather warning or power outage
  • Consider having a portable power bank charger on hand to recharge cell phones and other devices
  • Drain any water lines that may be exposed to cold temperatures
  • Keep an emergency kit and supplies in your vehicle
  • Subscribe to the SquamishAlert emergency notification system to receive important emergency information by email, voice or text

The Squamish Emergency Program recommends to be prepared for at least 72 hours, preferably one week. Please refer to our list of items for hunger, comfort and safety to help build your emergency kit and become better prepared at home.

 

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