Severe storms can include thunder, lightning, hail and tornadoes.  They often occur when the weather is hot and humid.  A good rule of thumb is “if the sky roars, get indoors.”  During a severe summer storm, you are advised to stay away from items which can conduct electricity, such as appliances and running water.  Remain inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder to ensure the storm has moved well away from your location.  And remember to have your 72 hour emergency kit prepared and ready for use.  Some items to include:

  • Wind up or battery operated flashlight and radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Food that won’t spoil such as canned food, dried foods, energy bars
  • Bottled water  (4 litres per person per day; 2 litres for drinking and 2 litres for personal use)
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Special items such as prescriptions, extra set of eyeglasses, copies of important papers (insurance, identification)
  • Clothing and footwear
  • A survival kit for your pet (carrier, photo, bowls, leash/collar, copy of medical records and ID tag)
1. What to do before and during severe storms  click here

 2. Are you prepared? click here to watch a video