Cory Mainprize Fire Chief, Director of Emergency Service Phone: (705) 739-4220 ext. 3256
Fax: (705) 728-1277Cory.Mainprize@barrie.ca
Increasing High Wind Safety for Canadian Homes: A Foundational Document for Low-Rise Residential and Small Buildings
Protect your home from Severe wind
This page contains information about tornado warnings, how the municipality is prepared, and tips on protecting your home and being prepared, including what to do during a tornado.
Canada has more tornadoes than any other country except for the United States. Tornadoes can happen any time of year, but are most likely to occur from April to September with peak months in June and July. Tornadoes usually hit in the afternoon and early evening, but they can happen at night too.
Barrie has experienced two major tornados, in May 1985 and in July 2021.
Environment Canada issues warnings when conditions exist that may produce tornadoes. It does this through mobile device alerts, radio, television, and the
Environment Canada website.
City of Barrie's Emergency Plan establishes an emergency management structure and emergency response guidelines for the City, and related emergency agencies, in the event of a major emergency that is beyond the normal response capabilities of the municipality.
While homeowners cannot predict tornadoes and severe storms, they can take steps to protect themselves and minimize damage to their homes. Check with your insurance company—they can provide the best advice in terms of mitigating losses. The most vulnerable areas of a home are the roof, exterior walls and windows.
Please note: There are things that can be done to strengthen an existing house, but it is very difficult to make a house tornado proof. The above are suggestions to help strengthen a home and help protect it from severe storms, but taking these steps may not eliminate all damage.
Be aware of weather conditions and warnings, and seek shelter immediately if a warning has been issued. If a tornado is happening, here are steps to take to protect yourself and your family:
Emergencies can happen at any time and without warning. Make a plan, build a kit and be informed. In addition to the emergency preparedness information contained on this website, below are some helpful resources:
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