Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention & CEMC
Phone: (705) 739-4220 ext. 3262
Fax: (705) 728-1277
It's important to be prepared for seasonal weather-related emergencies year-round. Stay safe! Take the time to review the below tips for spring, summer, and winter preparation.
If there is not a significant thaw in the early months of the year, the built-up snow can result in a high potential for flooding in the spring: during the spring thaw, all of this water must make its way down the river systems. Make sure you and your family are prepared. Check out the Ministry of Natural Resources' Flood brochure or visit the MNR website for tips on how to prepare for a flood.
Every morning before leaving you leave the house check the weather report for the day. If the forecast indicates the possibility of foul weather check the weather reports throughout the day and watch the sky for signs that a storm may be coming and take appropriate action if you feel threatened. In the end, you are responsible for your own safety.
Listen to local radio and television and monitor local internet and social media sites for information and advice. Environment Canada will issue severe thunderstorm or tornado watches and warnings if heavy rain, high winds, tornadoes or large hail are possible or expected or happening. A watch is a heads up that conditions are favourable for severe weather and there may be several hours to prepare. A warning is an alert when severe weather is imminent or occurring and that it is time to take shelter and put into action your safety plan.
Weatheradio provides continuous information about current weather conditions, forecasts and alerts directly from Environment Canada's storm prediction centre. To get this service you need a special radio receiver which can be found at most electronic stores. In the Barrie area tune the radio to 152.475 or 162.400 or 162.550. During threatening weather, keep it in the "alert" mode.
Don't be unprepared; make sure you have a plan and know in advance what to do if severe weather strikes. Choose a shelter or meeting place in the event you get separated.
Look for safe places at the cottage or campground well before strong winds or tornadoes threaten. Make sure your family is aware of them. If no substantial shelter is available, leave trailers and lie in a low sheltered spot away from large trees, but be aware of flooding. As a last resort, take shelter in a grove of small low trees.
When you hear thunder, immediately take shelter; and remain sheltered for 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble of thunder. Stay away from fences and open areas such as golf courses and fields when lightening is in the area. Avoid being near tall objects such as trees, hilltops and telephone poles. Don't use metal objects such as golf clubs or fishing rods. Get out of the water and off small boats. Stop tractor work and lift metal equipment out of the ground. Related link: Severe Storms Information
Tornadoes are relatively common in Canada, but only in specific regions: southern Alberta; Manitoba and Saskatchewan; southern Ontario; southern Quebec; the interior of British Columbia; and western New Brunswick. Tornado season extends from April to September with peak months in June and July, but they can occur at any time of year. Related link: Tornado Information.
Add the following supplies to your disaster supplies kit:
Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
Environment Canada monitors the weather 365 days a year and issues special weather statements, watches, and warnings by radio, television, internet and their Weather radio. Weather radio is broadcast at 162.400 and 162.475 megahertz and is picked up by dedicated radios and shortwave.
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