Spring Storm 2022: Getting Prepared

With forecast for what could be the worst blizzard in decades this week, there are some important things that you need to know. Please read through the below information to prepare for the upcoming storm.

Things to do TODAY to prepare for the incoming storm:

  • Make sure that you have supplies to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency. Fill up on gas for your vehicles and generators if you have them, make sure you have food that can be consumed without cooking in the event of a power outage, and check your supply of batteries.
  • Check/replace batteries or battery back-ups for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Get your shovels back out of storage if you’ve put them away – snow IS coming.
  • Park your vehicles in a driveway or garage – wherever possible, remove parked vehicles from the street.
  • Remove waste bins from the curb if you have placed them there – there will be no waste collection for the remainder of the week.
  • Cancel travel plans and make arrangements to stay at home for the next couple days wherever possible.
  • Register for Altona Connect. With this notification system, you can decide if you want to receive phone calls, text message or email alerts from us. If there are changes or urgent messages specifically in your area, we can target the messages geographically. https://altona.ca/connect/
  • Click through the below information for detailed updates on each category, and download this PDF of the same information for later in case you cannot access the website.
Waste Collection from Wednesday – Friday has been CANCELLED. Next week’s collection limits will be doubled for the SW, NE & NW.
The Waste Disposal Site (landfill) will be closed for the remainder of the week.
With no waste collection occurring for the remainder of the week, please keep your waste bins away from the curb, as this may interfere with snow clearing operations.

Snow Clearing
Our team’s priority will be opening roads to ensure emergency passage is possible. This means that clearing sidewalks and the ends of driveways will be lower priority, and also means that there may be more piles of snow left behind during clearing. If you MUST go out (please, stay at home whenever possible), please exercise extra caution around snow piles and our equipment.

Poor visibility and/or road closures may result in a delay in snow clearing operations. Please remove parked vehicles and waste bins from the street wherever possible to assist our team in snow clearing operations.

Emergency Services
Altona Rhineland Emergency Services wants to remind you that in the event of a major storm, they may be delayed or unable to respond. Do not travel on closed highways or roads. Please, make sure that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working and all batteries are current. If you have detectors that are 110V with battery back-up, make sure those batteries are current as well.

72 Hour Emergency Preparedness
You should make sure that you have supplies to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency. Learn more about creating an emergency kit at https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

Power Outages
In the event of a power outage, please remain calm. Report the outage to Manitoba Hydro at https://www.hydro.mb.ca/outages/ or through the Manitoba Hydro app. You can also call MB Hydro at 1-888-624-9376. If you see a downed powerline, stay at least 10 metres away and call 911.

Do not use generators, fuel burning stoves or lanterns, or barbecues inside your home – use them outdoors only. If you are using candles for light, be sure that they are away from combustible materials and safe from tipping over. Our utility stations all have power back-up. This means that in the event of a power outage, your water will continue to flow, and your toilets will continue to flush with our wastewater pumping still in place.