Seasonal Emergencies

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.

Winter

Homelessness Winter Services & Shelter Supports

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. 

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.

Severe Winter Weather Emergency Tips

Throughout the winter, be sure to be prepared for severe weather:

Spring

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. 

Summer

Exposure to high temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening heat health effects. Environment Canada issues a Heat Warning when:

  • ​2 or more consecutive days of daytime maximum temperatures are expected to reach 31°C or warmer together with nighttime minimum temperatures that are expected to fall to 20°C or warmer or,
  • ​when 2 or more consecutive days of humidex values are expected to reach 40 or higher.​

During extreme heat, the following facilities are available​ as cooling spaces:

Other options to beat the heat include​ beaches, indoor pools, and splash pads

Severe Summer Weather Emergency Tips

Throughout the summer, be sure to be prepared for severe weather: