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’tis the Season for Winter Weather!
We have become accustomed to very mild Decembers. this year will bring typical winter weather during the weeks leading up to, and through the holidays. Weather conditions can introduce hazards.
Prepare your home:
- Prepare for power outages-have battery flashlights, cell phone chargers, radios and reduce fire risks during outage by using flashlights, glow sticks, battery operated lanterns instead of candles
- Maintain working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside sleeping areas
- Plan/practice a home fire escape plan
- Protect your pipes
- Clear driveways/sidewalks
- Monitor the weather forecasts and alerts
- Verify your insurance covers damage caused by severe winter weather
Stay safe outdoors:
- Be cautious of ice when walking and driving-be nice, clear your ice
- Have a safety/emergency kit in your car
- When driving on snowy/icy roads give your self plenty of room to stop
- Ice: blue is the strongest: white opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice
- Dress in three layers: moisture-wicking next to skin: middle layer of wool or fleece: outer layer waterproof/windproof
- Follow the three T’s: trip planning, training, taking the essentials: wear a helmet when skiing, skating, snowboarding, and snowmobiling: avoid frostbite/hypothermia-cover exposed skin, keep moving
- Drink fluids: dehydration can occur when temperature is below freezing-hot chocolate is great: avoid alcohol which diminishes the body’s ability to feel the cold
- Signs of hypothermia: confusion, lethargy, weakness, apathy, cold skin
- Signs of frostbite: way textured skin, cold to touch, numbness, localized pain, swelling, blistering
If you are staying in a hotel/motel during the holidays check the EXITS on your floor-be prepared.
Emergency Preparedness Guide
Information on flood/sewer back up clean up, from Public Safety Canada: http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/flds-ftr-eng.aspx
Information on general health issues associated with contaminated water, from the Public Health Agency of Canada: http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/flds-ftr-eng.aspx
Are you Prepared?
How you Can Plan for Emergencies
- Be Prepared
Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency. As a family, make a plan and discuss how you can best prepare for the most likely hazards that will affect your home. If you live alone, make a plan for yourself and make sure you talk about it with your friends and neighbours.
- Make a Plan
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers handy and keep a copy in your “Ready to Go” kit (details below). Select a family member or a friend who lives a distance away from you to be the contact person in the event that you get separated from your family. Make sure everyone in the family has this person’s contact information, put a copy in purses, briefcases, school backpacks etc. and make sure it is stored in electronic devices such as iPods, cellphones or laptops. You can also include floor plans that include where exits and escape routes from each room.
Don’t forget your pets!! Make sure that you have a Pet Emergency Kit (details below) and have a list of pet friendly hotels, kennels, veterinarians or friends who can take your animal, or who you can stay with if you need to evacuate your home.
- Prepare your Kit
Make sure you have supplies in your home to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours. You should also prepare a “Ready to Go” kit (below) that has all of the information and supplies that you will need to evacuate quickly, a Pet Emergency Kit (below), and make sure your car has a Car Survival Kit (below) in case you are stranded or need to travel a long distance.
- Know your Hazards
Make a list of all of the hazards that may affect you and your home. Contact your local Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Cathie on 613-473-4030, for information on the top local Hazards in your community. Find out how you can prevent, mitigate or prepare for these hazards to ensure that yourself, your family and your pets can remain safe and calm during an emergency.
For more information please check out the information sheets below:
BE ALERT READY
Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Weather Network and the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers, to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe. For more information click: https://www.alertready.ca/#home