Severe weather - thunderstorms, hail, blizzards, ice storms, high winds or heavy rain - can happen without warning and in any season. With severe weather often comes a loss of power, so be prepared to be on your own for a minimum of 72 hours by developing a household plan, putting together your emergency kit and connecting with your neighbours.
Severe Weather and Storm Preparedness
- Have a battery-operated radio and listen to your local station for warnings, advice and instructions
- Stow flashlights around the house and remember to have extra batteries on hand in case of power failure. Other safe lighting options include glow sticks, crank-flashlights, headlamps and battery-operated lanterns
- Fireplaces, woodstoves, barbecues and camp stoves can be used for emergency cooking, just don’t use the last two indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide build-up
- Consider a home generator during extended power outages, as long as it’s used in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines and never operated indoors
- Inspect your chimney or flue to help prevent structural fires and ensure smoke, carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gases are properly vented
- Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, weather-stripping doors and windows, clearing rain gutters and removing tree branches that could fall during strong winds