Service BarriePhone: 705-726-4242Service.Barrie@barrie.ca
It's important to be prepared for seasonal weather-related emergencies year-round. Stay safe! Take the time to review the below information for all seasons.
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.
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. To help prevent potential flooding, please help keep
catch basins clear near your property.
Ontario's Flood Forecasting and Warning Program prepares provincial and local authorities in the event of a flood. Please review flood emergency safety tips to be prepared.
Exposure to high temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening
heat health effects.
During the COVID pandemic the Barrie Transit Terminal, located at 24 Maple Avenue, has been made available as a cooling centre for anyone who needs to seek cooler temperatures during the summer months. Cooling centre hours: 7am–10pm daily. Other options to beat the heat have included
splash pads, and
Throughout the summer, be sure to be prepared for severe weather:
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.
During a high heat alert, the public are reminded to:
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.
Learn more about tornadoes.
The City offers a warming centre at the Barrie Transit Terminal, located at 24 Maple Avenue, overnight (10pm–7am) on nights that
Environment Canada predicts temperatures will fall below -20°C for at least two hours.
The John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka, with funding support from the City of Barrie, offers a daytime warming centre at Trinity Anglican Church (24 Collier Street) and an overnight warming centre at Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County (20 Anne Street South). The warming centres
closed for the season on April 1.
The County of Simcoe leads the system of homelessness supports and services through partnerships and funded service agreements with community-based organizations. Please visit
simcoe.ca/FindShelter if seeking temporary indoor warmth, shelter or support resources. The
Homelessness Winter Services and Shelter Supports in Barrie document includes a Barrie Winter Plan Overview.
For a full list of area shelters and support resources or for access to shelter services in Barrie, you can also contact the Barrie Shelter Access Intake Line: 705-828-3795.
Throughout the winter, be sure to be prepared for severe weather::
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.
Familiarize yourself with Environment Canada's winter weather terms to help identify a winter storm hazard.
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