Weatherbee

One of the first things a smart bee learns is when it's best to stay in the hive. Check your local conditions and make sure you and your family know what to do when severe weather strikes. Perhaps a good idea to download and copy this document and refer to it in times of need..


TORNADO PRECAUTIONS

Find out complete weather details by tuning into Environment Canada's Weather radio, on the VHF-FM radio band on the following frequencies: 162.400, 162.475 or 162.550 MHz.

Weather radio could save your life.

All you need is a special receiver, available at most electronic and Radio Shack stores. Todays receivers are small and portable and can go with you everywhere. In the event of a severe weather warning, some of them have an alarm which beeps or flashes.

If everyone in Canada had a Weather radio receiver, Canada would have the best emergency system in the world.

All walks of life use Weather radio such as motorists, farmers,golfers, snow removal crews, construction foreman and ambulance drivers.

The Dufferin Amateur Radio Emergency Service are also active when it comes to severe weather. When severe weather is occuring in Dufferin County tune your weather radio or scanner to 146.685 MHz and listen to the storm reports while in progress. When severe weather affects several Counties listen on 442.025 MHz, and listen to reports out of the weather office at Environment Canada.

WHEN A TORNADO THREATENS:

1.Take shelter immediately.

2.Stay away from windows, doors and exterior walls.

3.Don't waste time opening windows to keep pressure from building up in the house. It's unlikely to help anyway.

4.Outdoors, with no shelter available, lie flat in a ditch, ravine or other low-lying area, and shield your head with your arms.

5.Don't get caught in a vehicle or mobile home, which the tornado can lift. Take shelter elsewhere or, if none is available, even a ditch offers better protection. More than half of all tornado deaths occur in mobile homes.

6.Beware of flying debris. Even small objects such as sticks and straw can become lethal missiles.

7.In heavy rain, be alert for flash floods.

8.When swimming or boating, always head to shore at the first sign of a storm.

9.Remember that damaged and weakened structures, fallen debris, downed electrical wires, and gas leaks are potential dangers after a storm has passed.

Best shelter

1.In a house, go to the basement and shelter under the stairway or a sturdy work table.

2.In a house with no basement, the safest spot is the ground floor in the centre of the house, in a hallway, small room, closet or bathroom. Small rooms tend to be more structurally sound. Lying in the bathtub with a mattress on top of you may provide good protection.

3.In a vehicle or mobile home, get outside and find other shelter. As a last resort, lie in a ditch or culvert.

4.Avoid wide-span buildings, such as barns, auditoriums, shopping centres and supermarkets with large roofs. Go to a nearby sturdy shelter, preferably, or to the lower floor, an inside room, restroom or hallway, or get underneath a sturdy piece of furniture. Avoid areas near high walls or large chimneys which may collapse. Do not go to your parked car.

5.In high-rise buildings, move to lower levels, small interior rooms or stairwells. Stay away from elevators and windows.

WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS

Environment Canada is closely monitoring weather systems so as to ensure your safety.

If a severe storm is brewing, the weather service will issue a "SEVERE WEATHER WATCH. " Be on the lookout and keep listening for updates on your radio or television. If a storm is imminent or confirmed in your area, Environment Canada will issue a "SEVERE WEATHER WARNING." Take safety precautions until the danger passes.

TORNADOWARNING" means a tornado has been detected or is imminent. Beprepared to take cover at a moment's notice and listen for updated forecasts and warnings.

Remember: a WATCH means there is a potential for severe weather; be on the lookout. A WARNING means severe weather is occurring; take precautions.


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