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Ice storm warning for York Region #BePrepared

Although we have been crossing our fingers for beautiful spring weather, Environment Canada has predicted that a possible ice storm, along with heavy rains and winds will move through the Greater Toronto Area starting Saturday and continuing into Sunday. York Region may be impacted by this storm.

Ice storms have the potential to create widespread power outages, topple trees and damage buildings structurally. York Region wants to remind residents that a little planning can make a big difference in pulling through these types of storms safely.You can prepare for this potential storm by taking the following actions:

Assemble a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit:

  • A basic kit should include the following items that should help you get through the first 72 hours: water, matches, a flashlight, a radio and a first aid kit.
  • Check out the York Region Emergency Preparedness Guide (page 38) for other items to include in your emergency kit.

Prepare for a Power Outage

  • Have emergency light sources , such as flashlights and glow sticks accessible in various areas of your home or business
  • Have at least one corded telephone in your house to use if the power goes out
  • Have at least one vehicle with at least half a tank of fuel

Stay safe during a power outage

  • Turn off all major non-essential appliances
  • Leave one light on to identify when the power is restored
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment
  • If you use candles, never leave them unattended
  • Stay warm with blankets and extra clothing
  • Never use internal combustion devices, outdoor and charcoal barbecues indoors
  • Check out the Power Outage factsheet to help you and your family stay safe during a power outage

Know what to do once power is restored

  • Only turn on the most essential appliances first to give the electrical system a chance to stabilize
  • Check your refrigerator and freezer to ensure they are back on; discard any spoiled food
  • Replace items from your Emergency Kit you may have used so you are prepared for future emergencies

Localized Flooding

  • These weather conditions may bring potential localized flooding
  • Monitor local media and conservation authorities for flood alerts and warnings
  • Clean, disinfect or replace materials damaged by flooding
  • Private wells that experience flooding should be tested for bacteria before water is consumed
  • Clear debris away from culverts, prior to the event

Motorist Safety

  • In the event of localized flooding, do not attempt to drive through standing water. Water may be deeper than it appears
  • Park your vehicle away from trees that may be potentially knocked down in a storm
  • Drive a safe distance behind plows and only pass snow removal vehicles on the left when a safe passing area is available and the lane is clear
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead
  • Slow down, avoid sudden turns, braking and accelerating
  • Be mindful of pedestrians and drive according to the road conditions
  • Make sure it’s easy for other drivers to see you; please turn on the full headlight system
  • Let us do the driving; consider taking YRT/Viva

York Region residents can follow The Regional Municipality of York on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #OnYRRoads and #BePrepared for updates. Residents can also download the York Region Mobile App to report problems on Regional roads. The York Region Mobile App is available for free download in the App Store, Google Play and Blackberry World. Important health and safety messaging is also available by following @YorkParamedics and @YRP during this winter storm.



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