Severe storms

Storms can move quickly and cause major damage. In Mississauga, we experience seasonal storms that vary during the warmer and colder months of the year. When faced with a weather emergency, it is important for you to have the information needed to prepare.

Severe storms have the potential to cause extensive property damage, prolonged power outages, and are often partnered with high winds, lightning, heavy rain, hail, snow and tornadoes. Severe storms can include:

  • Ice storms
  • Blizzards
  • Hail storms
  • Thunderstorms

How to prepare for severe storms

  • Monitor Environment Canada for weather warnings and watches in Mississauga
  • Have a safe room in your home where everyone gathers during a storm that’s away from windows, skylights and glass doors
  • If there is a tornado warning, gather in a basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor of your home
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage
  • Tie down garbage cans, lawn furniture and other outdoor objects, or bring them inside
  • Install surge protectors to active outlets (a safety electrical plug that will shut off the power if lightning strikes to prevent damage to your electronics)
  • Get to a safe location that’s fully enclosed with basic amenities
  • Use battery operated appliances only
  • Stay away from tall objects, like trees, poles, wires, and fences
  • If trapped outside, take shelter in a low-lying area
  • If you are in water, get to shore as quickly as possible. Lightning that hits water travels well beyond its point of contact
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing
  • Remain indoors until at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder
  • Call 911 if anyone is suffering from serious injuries
  • Call 311 to report damaged trees to the City that can cause a safety risk, block intersections, rest on buildings or structures, or are in danger of falling
  • Call Alectra at 1-833-253-2872 to report damaged or fallen trees in contact with power lines