Be prepared for severe summer weather

EmergencyPrepWEBAs we move into August, it’s important to remember that great weather can quickly take a turn for the worse. Floods, tornadoes and lightning storms are more frequent during the summer—storms can also bring down power lines and cause wide-spread power outages across a municipality or region.

The Region works closely with our community partners to help protect residents and businesses from emergencies, including severe weather. Through planning, joint exercises and ongoing evaluation, we ensure that we are ready to respond in a crisis; however, emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves individuals, all levels of government and local organizations. By preparing your home and family, you can help reduce the impact of severe weather and improve the resilience of our entire community.

Follow the steps

You can prepare for any emergency, including severe weather, by following these three simple steps:

  • Know the risks—identify potential hazards in your community and stay informed about emergencies through alerts from the province or your local news provider.
  • Make a plan—determine what each member of your household would do during and after various emergencies, also considering neighbours, family and friends who may be particularly vulnerable.
  • Get a kit—assemble, buy or refresh the items your household would need to stay safe for 72 hours, including supplies for older adults, children and pets.

Staying up-to-date on current weather conditions can also help you prepare or react when a severe warning is in effect. Check the radio or television, visit halton.ca/severeweather or call 311 for updates and information.

When you are prepared and keeping up-to-date on important information, first responders can focus their attention on those in immediate need during an emergency situation. By working together, we help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit halton.ca/beprepared. To learn about how the Region is adapting to climate change to increase resiliency and support the needs of the community, visit halton.ca/actionplan.

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”.