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.

Climate within Barrie is changing. Increases in mean annual temperatures, changes in the timing and average annual precipitation, and increases in the intensity, duration and frequency of extreme storm events are taking place.

Learn about Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation

Winter

Severe Winter Weather Emergency Tips

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

Winter Services & Shelter Supports for the Homeless

The County of Simcoe leads the system of homelessness supports and services through partnerships and funded service agreements with community-based organizations. See Simcoe County's Homelessness Winter Response 2023–2024 for information on the shelter system, winter sheltering and warming centres. Visit Homelessness System for additional information on Barrie-area shelters.

Should you have any questions regarding homelessness supports and services in Simcoe County, please contact the County of Simcoe's Community Services department at communityservicesdepartment@simcoe.ca​ or 705-722-3132, ext. 1470. 

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 and test sump pumps regularly. Extend downspouts 2m from your home to move water away.

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

The Gilbert Centre operated a seasonal cooling centre daily until mid-September 2023. This cooling centre was a result of a 50/50 partnership between the County and the City.

Severe Summer Weather Emergency Tips

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