Editorial: Storm not too bad, if prepared


Tuesday, October 18 2016

When news reports started coming out last week that the ‘remnants’ of a typhoon were going to hit the pacific north-west, including Gabriola, islanders started wondering if this was ‘the big one’.

Some wondered if that tree they had been procrastinating about removing may now come crashing down in the middle of the night.

There was a run on gas at the Co-op station on Tuesday, though not enough to empty it of all gas, and before the weekly delivery.

Emergency kits were double-checked. Water pails were filled. Freezers and fridges wrapped up in blankets to increase insulation. And firewood prepped.

And at the end of the weekend, we wondered where was the super storm. Was that it?

For some, it was. Trees did come tumbling down, though as of press time no injuries to persons or major property damage had been reported. Islanders with chainsaws kept the roads open, and helped each other get home safely.

Perhaps it was a super storm, and being islanders, Gabriolans were simply super-prepared.