Being Prepared for Winter Storms

It’s hard to believe 13 months ago residents across Halton Region and the GTA were hit by a massive ice storm.  Ice-covered trees, street lights, utility wires and slippery roads stranded vehicles and caused widespread damage and disruption.  From this experience we know being prepared is the key to minimizing the impact of extreme weather events.

Our goal at the Region is to ensure residents are safe and that Halton is ready to deal with any potential, imminent or actual emergency. However, being prepared for extreme winter conditions is a shared responsibility. The Halton Region website has some excellent information on what you can do to prepare for severe snow storms, power outages and hazardous driving conditions.

This winter, be prepared and take the steps to help protect you and your family in the event of an emergency:

Halton Region continues to provide Extreme Cold Alerts to residents.  You can also sign up for e-alerts on our website so you can be notified directly. For more information about Halton’s Emergency Management Program, dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/beprepared. You can also follow us on Twitter at @RegionofHalton  for emergency updates and preparedness tips.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”