As round two of the Metro Vancouver snowstorm is forecasted for Thursday night, and below zero temperatures are expected in the coming days.
During Monday’s baby blizzard, 20 extra mats were put in place at the Union Gospel Mission, but only half were used up.
Derek Weiss with UGM says, to those who don’t think there’s any space left… there is.
“We didn’t turn away anybody, everybody got a space, who needed one.”
He says donations are always welcome; this time of year jackets, gloves and toques are in high demand.
“Definitely one of the more dangerous times of year when people get an unexpected snowstorm. Some of the people we’ve worked with on the streets haven’t really seen snow for a couple years now. This is the red zone, this is when we really need to step up and make sure people are safe and warm.”
As long as the extreme weather lasts, Weiss says extra mats will be laid out for Vancouver’s homeless population.
“We register people for shelter at 5 p.m., but if people do come later, we still register them and let them in, if there is still space.”
All hands on deck for BC Hydro
Spokesperson Mora Scott says crews have been watching forecasts closely.
“We do use a team of meteorologists to monitor the weather activity and provide us with as much advanced notice of storms as possible, and what this really helps us do is ramp up our BC Hydro crews, our contractor crews, and our call center agents. So, if the lights go out we can respond as quickly and safely as possible.”
Scott is asking the public to be wary of downed power lines.
And if you do come across one, she says to stay at least 10 meters back and immediately call 911.