An emergency or natural disaster can occur anytime, anywhere. A fire, earthquake, flooding, heavy rains, and or a transportation incident are just some of the possibilities. The City of New Westminster strives to be a prepared community, ready to respond to these and other disasters or emergencies. There are also provincial and federal entities which play a key role in emergency planning and emergency response for citizens.
On an annual basis the City prepares for the possibility of freshet / flooding and closely monitors the annual snow pack and river conditions on the Provincial River Forecast Center website. In the event that flood conditions are predicted the City has developed an emergency plan that identifies locations that require temporary protection measures, city staff responsibilities, and monitoring plans. For more information please see the Flood Management.
Climate change and global warming have impacted the way weather and weather patterns can affect the Lower Mainland. The fall and winter months tend to bring heavy rains, winds and snow, but spring storms are not unusual. Localized flooding and power outages are all possible during these weather events. In the summer months, the City may experience high temperatures and drought, which may result in water shortages and the issuing of a fire ban.
For Spring / Summer Preparedness tips click here