High Winds

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How to prepare for high winds or a windstorm

  • Learn the indicators of high winds:
    • thunderstorms
    • intense low pressure centres
    • cold fronts
    • Chinook arches.
  • Secure all loose items on your property and balcony that might be blown around to prevent flying objects from injuring people and damaging property.
  • Trim branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of them falling during a storm.
  • Clean gutters, drains and downpipes and make sure your roof is in good repair.
  • Put your car in the garage, shelter pets and livestock, and continue to monitor weather conditions.

Staying safe in a windstorm

  • Seek shelter inside a safe, enclosed building. Walking and balancing against high winds is a risk to personal safety.
  • Stay indoors and shelter-in-place. Find a space away from windows or glass doors and stay clear of fireplaces.
  • If the wind causes a power outage, turn off all appliances and do not use generators indoors. Learn more about what to do during a power outages.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and cables. Learn more about what to do if you see a downed power line.
  • Avoid driving. If you are in a vehicle during a windstorm, park away from trees or power lines and avoid the base of steep or unstable slopes and low areas prone to flooding. Stay inside the car.

After a windstorm