Businesses prepared for power outages

What happens to major businesses when a power outage occurs?

When the power goes out, most people have an emergency plan in their home to help get them through.

What about larger businesses, particularly restaurants, or grocery stores, where a lot of perishable foods are?

It turns out, they have one too.

“We have a contingency plan that kicks in right away,” said Rejean Perrault, store manager at Overwaitea Foods. “First off, we make sure that there’s somebody in the building for the entire time of the power outage. We do temperature monitoring on all of our cases.”

Perrault said in the event of a longer power outage, the employees will remove product from the cases and put them in freezers to hold the temperature.

“Our main concern is food safety. We want to make sure people aren’t buying a product that’s been out of the safe temperature zones.”

Safe temperature zones would be anything between between four degrees Celsius and sixty degrees Celsius, depending on the product. Once power is restored, they check products that might have fallen outside these temperature zones. If the temperature is either too high or too low, the product would have to be tossed.

Restaurants have a similar plan in place.

“Whatever bills we have that we’re currently cooking, we finish cooking, and then we turn everything off because everything is gas fired,” said Wade Denesyk, head chef at the K2 Rotor Lodge restaurant.

Food in the kitchens is also put into the coolers, which aren’t opened again until the power comes back on.

When he came in this morning, the first thing Denesyk did was check everything out.

“Anything that was prepped fresh yesterday, I wasn’t too worried about, but any of our proteins, fish, seafood, meat, I went in there with a fine tooth comb over the whole kitchen.”

When the power outage happened on Nov. 17, staff quickly went to work making sure any customers that were in the restaurant were safe and comfortable.

“We gather lanterns, we gather candles, so if there are people in here still eating, we want to make sure they’re comfortable, so they can finish their meals at least,” said Brenda Morden, head server at the K2 Rotor Lodge restaurant.

There were about seven tables being served that night, including people who were about to try and restore power to the area.

“We got them fed so they could get out on the road so they could get the power back on,” she said. “They did a great job. They worked really hard.”


Just Posted

15 new mayors to take office across the Kootenays

Here’s a look at the highlights from across the Kootenay region in B.C.

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Rossland woman, 64, completes marathon bike ride across Asia

Brenda Trenholme completed the 13,000-kilometre trek last week

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Most Read