In Case of a Windstorm
Thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornados involve heavy winds that can seriously damage property or cause death. To minimize the damage these weather events can cause, follow the recommendations below.
In Case of a Weather Warning about Violent Winds
- Follow the prompts weather alert radio, television or on Internet.
- Tie down or store indoors anything the wind might carry, such as garden furniture, barbecue, garbage cans or satellite dish.
Preparing for a Windstorm
- Have your emergency kit ready.
- Cut down and remove dead tree branches from your yard. If you have trees near electrical power lines, contact Hydro-Québec or your local power company to clear branches.
- Check the drain around your home regularly to ensure rainwater drains away from your home.
If a Windstorm Occurs
When you’re indoors
- Bring all family members together into a safe location such as a basement and take cover under a heavy piece of furniture. If your home does not have a basement, take cover in the bathroon.
- Do not stand near doors or windows.
- Do not use the elevator if you live in a highrise.
- Do not remain in a mobile home because it can overturn in the wind.
When you’re outdoors
- Take cover in a secure building with a sturdy roof that can withstand the force of wind and weight of snow.
- If you are in an open area and no shelter is available, take cover under a highway overpass, in a ditch or a hollow in the ground. Lay face down on the ground and protect your head with your hands.
When the Wind Dies Down
- Watch out for debris such as sheet metal, glass or other sharp material.
- Never touch power lines that are on the ground or dangling. They may still be alive. Contact Hydro-Québec or your local power company to repair lines.
- Never go into a building that has been damaged by wind.
- Test the quality of drinking water, especially after heavy rain.