Posts Tagged ‘ EmergencyPreparedness ’

Emergency “What If” Scenario: Are Highways Prepared for Earthquakes?

British Columbia is located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is an area around the Pacific Ocean that experiences a high number of earthquakes. As much as we’d like to, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure can’t stop a major earthquake from happening, but we can prepare to reduce its impact on motorists by arming our structures with early warning sensors. Have you ever heard of a primary wave? No, it’s not coveted by surfers in Tofino. The...

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Flood Management: Our Role in Keeping Floodwaters at Bay

BC Flood

  Spring Flowers, or is it Showers? Well, depending on where you live, spring showers don’t bring flowers, they bring freshet (rapid snowpack melt and overwhelmed stream channels) and sometimes flooding. Since rising water can also impact the flow of traffic, we often have a role in flood management by managing and maintaining the provincial highway system. Whatever the water level, we have people on the job to get you where you need to go. The ministry activates flood...

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Drive Smart: Find Higher Ground or Turn Around

Drive smart during a flood

If you’re Flood Smart you also drive smart – or you don’t drive at all. During a flooding situation, road closures can take place across B.C. and driving your vehicle can become increasingly hazardous. DriveBC’s safety partner, Emergency Management BC, wants to remind British Columbians of these important points before getting into their vehicles: Plan & Monitor: Know the risks before getting into your vehicle. Monitor your local radio stations, TV, local government websites, and DriveBC’s road closure and...

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