Community Safety Tips

Abbotsford experiences a variety of weather related events, including extreme heat, wind storms, snow storms, heavy rains, extreme cold, hail and fog. These weather events may result in a wide range of community impacts ranging from temporary power and utility outages, to frozen water lines, and closed roads.  Below are some community safety tips on the types of occurrences that are likely to occur in Abbotsford, including living with wildlife!

Extreme Heat and Hot Weather

When faced with heat events in Abbotsford during the summer, it’s important we all stay safe. Following a few key tips will help ensure you and your family members stay healthy and cooled down during a summer heat wave, sometimes referred to as extreme heat.

In B.C. there are two types of heat alerts, Heat Warning (stage 1) and Extreme Heat Emergency (stage 2). Heat alerts are issued through the BC Heat Alert and Response System (BC HARS) using the national “Alert Ready” system to broadcast warnings on mobile devices, radio and television.

Heat Warning (Stage 1):

A Heat Warning (Stage 1) means daytime and overnight temperatures are higher than usual, but they are not getting hotter every day. In Abbotsford, this means a daytime high of 33 C and an overnight low of 17 C for two or more consecutive days. When a Heat Warning is issued, you are advised to take the usual steps to stay cool. 

Extreme Heat Emergency (Stage 2):

An Extreme Heat Emergency (Stage 2) alert means the daytime and overnight temperatures are higher than usual, and they are getting hotter every day, for three or more consecutive days. In Abbotsford, this means the average high temperature is predicted to reach 36 C or higher. When an Extreme Heat Alert is issued, it means it is time to activate your emergency plan.

During a Heat Event

When faced with heat events in Abbotsford during the summer, it is important we all stay cool, in order to stay safe. During a heat warning or extreme heat event, follow these tips from Fraser Health Authority to avoid heat exhaustion and to help ensure you and your family members stay healthy and safe.

Tips for Staying Safe during a Heat Event
  • Check on others: Remember to check regularly on family members and neighbours, particularly seniors and those who are housebound. People living alone are at high risk of severe heat related illness. Check regularly on older people, and those who are unable to leave their homes, for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink cool non-alcoholic beverages (preferably water) irrespective of your activity intake.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Seniors, people with medical conditions such as heart problems and breathing problems, athletes, and children should take extra care to stay hydrated and cool during extended periods of heat.
  • Keep cool: Plan ahead and stay out of the sun as much as possible.
  • Plan activities for the early morning and after sunset. If you are out during the day, wear sunscreen, dress in lightweight clothing and find shade in parks with tree shade. Peak hours during a heat wave are between 12 and 4pm. Avoid strenuous activities.  
  • Never leave any children or pets behind inside parked vehicles.
  • Seek out an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre, restaurant, or a residence of friends or family). 

Hot Weather Resources

Rain and Stormy Weather

Floods caused by heavy rains are common in BC and can happen at any time of year. The most severe floods usually occur in spring and early summer due to heavy rain and melting snow. They can also be caused by storm surges, ice jams or damage to structures like dikes or dams.

View Flood Preparation Webpage

Extreme Cold Weather

Winter Safety

Frozen Water Lines

Living with Wildlife