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Brampton Emergency Management Article


Windstorms can be quite dangerous and may cause: flying debris, downed trees and power lines which can lead to power outages, property damage, and fatalities.
Potential dangers in a windstorm:
  • Debris and falling trees cause severe damage to buildings and vehicles, and can cause fatalities.
  • Fallen power lines can cause widespread power outages.
  • Exterior load bearing walls of buildings can fail, which results in the collapse of the roof.
  • Loose window frames are especially vulnerable during severe windstorms.
  • Light metal buildings, such as garden sheds, can collapse completely.
How to prepare for high winds or a windstorm
  • Keep a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit in an easy-to-reach location. This kit contains commonly needed supplies for a family for up to three days.
  • Secure your patio furniture and other loose items.
  • Avoid parking directly under trees.
  • Trim trees and shrubs and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of them falling during a storm.
  • Put your car in the garage, shelter pets and livestock, and continue to monitor weather conditions.
What to do during a windstorm:
  • Remain calm.
  • Stay indoors and shelter-in-place. Move away from windows or glass doors and exterior walls.
  • If you are outdoors, move into a safe building and avoid downed power lines.
  • If you are driving, pull off the road and stop away from trees and power lines.
  • Avoid overpasses. If possible, walk quickly into a safe building.
  • Report a power outage or a downed power line to Alectra Utilities at 1-833-253-2872.
After a windstorm
  • Inspect any damage that may have occurred to your property and contact your insurance provider if necessary.
  • Pick up debris scattered by the wind.
  • Never touch downed power lines or electrical installations.