Possibility of localized flooding, high winds and power outages with onset of severe weather
The Regional Municipality of York is advising residents and businesses to take necessary precautions with the expected onset of high winds and heavy rain in York Region associated with the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Environment Canada has issued a severe weather bulletin for southern Ontario advising of winds of 60 kilometres per hour and gusting up to 100 kilometres per hour starting this evening.
Localized flooding, downed trees and power lines and property damage are all possible. York Region residents should take this opportunity to review their personal preparedness for this and other severe weather events.
• Being prepared for at least 72 hours
• Assembling an emergency kit containing water and non-perishable food items for each family member, plus flashlights and a battery-operated radio
• Checking in on neighbours, especially those with disabilities and/or special needs
• Ensuring your vehicle has a full tank of gas (but avoiding unnecessary travel)
Residents are advised to monitor weather conditions via radio and television stations: 680 News, CFRB, CP24 and other local media outlets.
Residents are also advised to keep themselves, their children and pets away from streams, rivers and downed trees and power lines. Anyone encountering a downed power line should immediately call their local power utility.
For more information on how you and your family can become better prepared, residents and businesses can visit www.york.ca/emergencymanagement
for a copy of York Region’s Emergency Preparedness Guide which includes tips for people with disabilities and special needs.
Please visit York Region at www.york.ca
or Facebook and Twitter for updates.
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Media Contact: Ken Turriff, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1226 Cell: 905-251-6415 firstname.lastname@example.org