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In case of violent winds

Storms, thunderstorms and tornadoes are characterized by violent winds that may cause major damage and even death. Plan ahead and limit the hazards of these meteorological phenomena!

In case of weather warnings of violent winds, monitor the alert messages on the radio, television or on the Internet. You can put away and attach anything that can be blown away:

  • garden furniture;
  • barbecue;
  • garbage cans;
  • satellite dish.

How to prepare for violent winds

  • Stock essential items in case of an emergency (bottled water, first aid kit, etc.).
  • Regularly cut and gather dead branches on your property. If you have trees close to electric lines, contact Hydro-Québec or your local electricity company.

What to do if you are at home

  • Gather the members of our family in a safe place such as the basement.
  • Stay away from doors and windows.
  • Avoid taking the elevator if you live in a high rise building.
  • Evacuate your mobile home since it could be blown away by the wind.

What to do if you are away from home

  • Seek refuge in a safe building whose roof looks solid enough to resist the wind and the weight of snow.
  • If you are in an open area with no shelter nearby, seek refuge in a viaduct, a ditch or a fold in the landscape.

What to do after the winds die down

  • Watch out for debris such as sheets of metal, glass or any other sharp objects.
  • Do not touch electric wires on the ground or that are hanging since they could be live. Contact Hydro-Québec or your local electricity company.
  • Never enter a building that is damaged by wind.
  • Check the quality of drinking water, especially after heavy rain.

For more information, visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

Dernière mise à jour: 2015-07-28 10:23