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Severe Storm Warning

Severe Storm Warnings are released when large hail (2 cm or larger), strong winds (90 km/h or stronger), or heavy rain (50 mm rain/hour or more) have been detected or are highly possible.

Key Vulnerable Persons:

  • Anyone who has reduced mobility due to a disability or other factors

  • Anyone who manages a health condition with equipment that requires electricity and/or running water

  • Anyone who receives caregiver assistance

Who Else May Be Vulnerable?

Other vulnerable groups can include people who live in a low-income household, people who live in sub-standard housing conditions, people who live with mental health issues, and people whose job requires working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. If you know someone who may belong to one of these groups, we encourage you to reach out to them, and share this information.

How Does A Severe Storm Warning Impact Me?

Severe Storm Warnings indicate that weather conditions may become extreme, leading to potential property damage, flooding, and limited mobility/transportation ability. Severe storms can also damage community infrastructure, possibly causing power, telephone, or internet outages. Additionally, large hail or heavy rain can cause damage to crops or gardens.

To prepare for a Severe Storm Warning, we recommend:

  1. Take the time to prepare an Emergency Kit (water, food, flashlights w/ batteries, extra medications, emergency numbers).

  2. Keep your fuel tank full, in case gas stations are closed or damaged during/following a storm.

  3. Secure loose outdoor belongings to prevent damage. If you have a garden, plan to cover your crops to reduce hail damage.

  4. If you are indoors, keep your curtains/blinds/window coverings closed.

  5. If you are in a vehicle, keep away from trees or power lines that may fall on you.

  6. Stress and anxiety about storms can be detrimental to children, youth, and people with mental illnesses. Do your best to alleviate these concerns by being prepared beforehand,

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