Ice Storm Emergency Precautions to Stay Safe.
As the #icestorm hits Hamilton, Toronto and much of Southern Ontario this weekend, Environment Canada is warning that the ice pellets will turn into rain on Sunday evening and Monday morning with the potential of flooding and power outages at the same time. Here are the things you need to know to prepare. Please share with friends and loved ones.
1) Stay off the roads unless there is an emergency. There have been over 500 + accidents reported so far in Southern Ontario this weekend.
2) Clear drainage basins of ice buildup. Check the perimeter drainage of your house to reduce the chance of basement flooding.
3) Secure objects such as garbage cans and patio furniture, etc. The high winds could blow them around and cause property damage.
4) Ice is accumulating on trees, power lines and buildings. If you have to go outside be mindful of falling branches or ice sheets.
5) Freezing rain and high winds greatly increase chances of hypothermia. People should stay inside or dress for the conditions. If you are on a farm, move livestock to shelter.
6) If you haven't done so already, stock up on candles, water and a few days worth of food. A generator would be ideal if the power goes out for long periods. Also keep an extra gas canister if possible.
7) If your home has a sump pump make sure you have a battery backup. The combination of flooding and power outage is a recipe for flooded basements if your sump pump isn't operational.
8) Keep valuables in your basement high off the ground to prevent damage. This includes priceless, sentimental items like boxes of old photos or family items in storage.
9) Keep your cell phone(s) charged and have a battery backup. In case of a power outage and emergency your phone could be your lifeline to help, especially if you don't have a land line or it is inoperative.
10) Lastly, try to enjoy some quality time with loved ones. Stay together and stay safe.
About the Author Sean Graham:
Sean Graham has been an insurance broker in Ontario for the past 18 years. He is considered a pioneer in the digital insurance space and has been featured on CTV’s Canada AM, CBC, City TV, AM 640, Newstalk 1010 and Toronto Star. In 2014 he was named one of Canada’s Top 10 brokers under 40. Sean believes strongly in putting the consumer at the center of everything the business does. He is also an advocate for fostering the next generation of insurance talent through education and mentorship.
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