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Weather Threats

In the event of any future weather threat the following information is helpful.

We encourage you to take care of what matters most and follow the necessary precautions to avoid injury and property damage.

1. Monitor local media for updates

(keep a battery-powered or crank radio on hand) so you can make appropriate arrangements for shelter. Remain aware of possible road closures and emergency messages from authorities.

2. Stay off the road

Freezing rain can make roads slippery in seconds. If you can, wait until roads have been salted and use major routes.

3. Prepare emergency kits

for your home and car with the supplies you and your family would need to sustain you for 72 hours (include cash in case ATMs are not accessible).

4. Make sure your backwater valve and sump pump are working properly.

Consider installing a secondary backup pump in the event of a power failure.

5. Check the drainage system

Check the storm sewer on your street. If it is blocked, report the condition to the authorities or try to clear the area around the sewer entrance.

6. In the event of a power outage

Never use generators, camp stoves, or other gas or propane devices inside your home or other enclosed spaces. They can create a build-up of carbon monoxide, which is an odourless, colourless gas that can cause serious illness and even death. If you are feeling light-headed or nauseated and suspect CO poisoning, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Avoid opening your freezer or fridge doors unless absolutely necessary.

Shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker and report it to the authorities if you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if you smell burning.

7. Be aware of ice sheets and ice-covered branches or wires

which could break and fall under the weight.

8. Beware of any damaged power lines, gas lines or electrical systems

which are very dangerous and can be hidden under branches or other debris. They present risks of electrocution, explosion and fire. Report electrical hazards to the authorities.

9. Use wind-up or battery powered light sources

If you must burn candles, always use sturdy candle holders, never leave lit candles unattended and extinguish candles before going to bed.

10. Document any damage to your belongings

by taking a photo or video prior to discarding.

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