Extreme cold

Severe winter weather can pose a threat to life, property, and the environment. It may include ice storms, blizzards and extreme cold, and can result in extended power outages and dangerous road conditions.

There are many ways you can prepare for severe winter weather:

Before the storm

  • Check and restock your 72 hour emergency kit
  • Plan to be without electricity and heat for 72 hours
  • Buy any emergency supplies well in advance. Stores will be busy.
  • Ensure you have snow tires installed well in advance of the winter storm season
  • Make a communications plan. How are you going to get in contact with family if you’re away from home?
  • Plan to check in with neighbours, family, friends and anyone who may need your help or who can help you
  • Prepare a plan to help your family evacuate if needed

During the storm

  • Keep warm and change out of wet clothing. Wear multiple layers, keep plenty of blankets available.
  • Use your 72 hour emergency kit
  • Stay indoors and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary
  • If you must drive, keep on main roads and avoid unplowed side roads
  • Don’t use propane stoves or barbecues indoors as they release carbon monoxide
  • Bring pets indoors and ensure they are dry
  • Consult safety manual when using space heaters
  • Keep heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and curtains
  • Check in with neighbours, family, and friends
  • Evacuate if necessary or if advised to do so from officials

After the storm

  • If you have no power after 72 hours, consider going to an emergency shelter or staying with friends and family.
  • Consult your utility company before reconnecting power and gas
  • Check in with neighbours, family, and friends
  • Safely begin to clear debris around your property, such as fallen tree branches or snow
  • Keep away from any fallen power lines
  • Check with your local waste department for debris collection schedules