Wind Storms and Tornadoes

During summer, extreme weather can occur at any time causing severe safety issues. Ensure you are prepared for extreme winds, tornados and extreme heat.

A tornado or wind storm can occur after a thunderstorm, heavy rainfall or hail from a green, yellow or black coloured sky. Seek shelter immediately if a tornado warning has been issued or any warning signs of a tornado appear.

Safety indoors:

  • Find shelter underground in a basement or safe room
  • If you do not have a basement, take cover in the centre of the room on the lowest level as far away as possible from corners, windows, doors and exterior walls
  • Hide under a heavy piece of furniture and position your head and neck under your arms for protection
  • Do not go near or open any windows

Safety outdoors:

  • Take cover inside as soon as you notice the weather change
  • If you are unable to seek shelter indoors, lie flat in a ditch covering your head with your hands
  • Do not seek refuge under an overpass or bridge, you are safest in a low, flat area

Road closures and power failure can occur during an extreme weather emergency. Make sure your emergency survival kit can last you and your family up to three days.

Prevention begins with an emergency preparedness plan. Ensure you and all your family members know what to do in the event of an emergency. Learn more about emergency preparedness so that you have a plan in place to protect you and your loved ones.