General Precautions - Emergency Preparedness

Being prepared can prevent injury or death during severe weather. Watch the weather and monitor radio stations that broadcast weather bulletins.

  • Choose a Shelter in advance. Good places to be during severe storms are basements, storm cellars, and fall-out shelters or underneath stairs or sturdy furniture in the centre of the house.
  • Maintain an emergency kit containing food supplies, extra clothing, blankets, a first aid kit and medications, a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, a flashlight, lantern, and tools for emergency repair jobs. Check them often and keep them together in your shelter area. Carry a similar emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Preventative maintenance. Trim dead or rotting branches regularly, and remove dead trees to prevent them from toppling over during a storm.
  • Choose a meeting place to make sure everyone in your family is safe and sound after a severe storm, in case you become separated.
  • Maintain a full gas tank in your car, in case gas stations forced to shut down in the aftermath of a severe storm.
  • Report downed hydro lines and power outages to the proper authorities.