Snow & Winter Safety

Snow & Winter Safety

Stewart is one of the snowiest towns in Canada.  Over a typical winter, on average 572 cm (18.75 feet) of snow lands in Stewart.

Prepare For Winter

Before a winter storm arrives, plan ahead so you can comfortably and safely carry on during the winter season.

  • Make arrangements with family members who may be elderly or have limited mobility issues and who do not live with you– help them prepare for winter.
  • Get your home winter ready – have your furnace inspected, shut off outside water, and clean the catch basin grates before snow arrives.
  • Assess the trees on your property and trim dead branches to reduce the danger of them falling onto power lines or your house during a storm.
  • Winterize your vehicle and, when it snows, drive only with good winter tires.
  • Make alternate plans for getting to work in the snow.
  • Be sure to have warm clothing and solid shoes or boots with good traction.

Assemble the following basic emergency supplies to help your family be self-sufficient for 72 hours:

  • Water – at least 4 litres of water per person per day (to consume and for food preparation/hygiene)
  • Food – that won’t spoil and requires little or no preparation (i.e. canned, or dried)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery powered or wind up radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Specialty items (for the needs of infants, elderly, disabled persons and pets)
  • Extra keys and some cash in smaller bills
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information

Planning Ahead


Home

  • Have a flashlight, electric lantern, extra batteries
  • Consider an alternative safe heating system
  • Choose approved heating units that do not depend on an electric motor, electric fan or other electrical device to function
  • Check with the dealer or manufacturer regarding power requirements and proper operating procedures
  • Use caution and follow directions when operating generators, insuring they are in a proper well-ventilated area
  • Furnace and fireplace maintenance considerations are very important in preparing for winter weather.
  • Never use a camp stove, barbecue, or propane or kerosene heater indoors.

Vehicle Preparation
Colder temperatures demand a lot of your vehicle, so it's important to prepare for the winter season. Visit a qualified technician to ensure your vehicle is in good working condition. Make sure you have the following items in your vehicle to help you in the case of an emergency:

  • Jumper cables
  • Shovel
  • Traction pads or chains
  • Ice scraper
  • Towing cable
  • Flares
  • Blanket, warm gloves and boots
  • First aid kit, candles and non-perishable foods such as candy bars
  • Flashlight

Other Snow-Smart Tips

  • Keep children safe: don’t let them play in snow piles or roadside snowbanks.
  • Parked vehicles hamper snowplows; if possible, don’t park on the street after it snows.
  • When shoveling snow, pile it on your property – not on the sidewalk or street.
  • Clear snow and ice away from storm sewer catch basins to allow the melted snow to reach the storm sewer. When catch basins are blocked, street flooding can occur, turning the street into an ice rink when the temperature drops.

If You Are Planning a Road-Trip:

  • Check out the drivebc website for the current road conditions and bulletins of imminent road closures due to Avalanche control:  http://www.drivebc.ca/  or call: 1-800-550-4997  

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: March 23, 2017

The District of Stewart is a member of the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan. This Plan is a new approach that will help make waste management safer and more cost efficient by sharing resources. All communities will contribute to the plan based on their population. This means that Stewart’s taxpayers will contribute approximately 7% of the cost.

You will be receiving an informational flyer in your mailbox that provides more information. We encourage you to read the flyer and be informed about the changes that will be taking place with the closure of our landfill and the construction of a transfer station.

Community meetings will be arranged in the coming months so that you can provide your input into this process.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Larson, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

PUBLIC NOTICE

POSTED: March 22, 2017

Please be advised that the District of Stewart has now switched back from Well #3 to Well #4

Water Quality Advisory:  UPDATE

POSTED: February 23, 2017

The District of Stewart received water sample results today from the lab and there is no bacteriological contamination. The water continues to be safe to drink. However, due to ongoing construction and maintenance work in and around the wells, the District has decided to keep a Water Quality Advisory in place. The Water Quality Advisory is the lowest-level notification and is used in situations where the public health threat is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks. If you are a member of a high risk population, or you have concerns, you may choose to boil the water (rolling boil for one minute). Sampling will continue to be conducted periodically to assess the condition of the water. We will advise further if there is any change.

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 2, 2016

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure