Summer Severe Weather
Spring and summer severe storms can cause extensive damage and
endanger life here in Ontario. Take the time to know what
to watch for, and what to do if there is a tornado watch or warning
issued for where you live and how to be prepared should a tornado
strike. Visit Public Safety Canada's
Getprepared for complete information on
Be Weather Aware!
It is important to consider the potential for severe weather when you are
planning your daily activities. Take steps to keep you and your family
safe when there is a chance that severe weather will strike. Be
sure you know the differences between weather advisories, watches and
Tips on Preparing for Poor Weather:
1. Don't wait for a particular storm to prepare for poor weather.
You can begin preparations now and be positioned to react quickly
when a storm is forecast. For example, assemble a
home emergency kit
complete with basic items such as flashlights, fresh batteries, a
solar or crank-powered radio. Have a small supply of water and
non-perishable or canned foods on hand in case you are unable to get to
a store for a few days. Draw up a
simple family emergency plan outlining where family members should
meet if there is an emergency.
2. Pay close attention to the weather. Unlike winter storms,
some types of nasty summer weather can develop very quickly with little
warning, so listen regularly to weather forecasts on media outlets, or
web site or
and be prepared to act. Lightning poses a threat with
even a weak afternoon thundershower. Personal safety in thunderstorms is
directly related to your awareness of conditions as they develop.
3. Factor the weather into your daily plans. If you schedule
outside work or outside recreational activities, be especially aware of
forecasts of severe weather or for warnings of other conditions like
high UV index, elevated Humidex or poor air quality that could be
hazardous to you, employees, children or even pets. When you're working
or playing outside be aware of changing conditions in the area around
you and be prepared to react quickly.
4. When a storm is on the way, secure your outdoor property and
physical belongings. If possible, move items indoors or secure them
tightly to help ensure they don't blow away. Stay away from the windows
until the storm has subsided.
5. Respect the potentially destructive power of the weather.
When severe weather is forecast for your area, make preparations quickly
(if conditions permit), then take cover and stay there until the weather
has calmed and danger has passed. This is no time for recreational
6. Remember that after-storm conditions can also pose hazards.
In the case of a severe storm, use special care when you re-enter the
post-storm environment, as there may be loose wires, broken trees and
dangerous debris around your property and in the streets. Be extremely
cautious if you decide to tackle tree-removal yourself. Better yet,
leave it to the professionals!
Check our Severe
Weather page for complete information.