London’s Emergency Management Department is warning residents to be prepared for the impending winter storm.
Here are a few tips to follow:
• Ensure you have food and other supplies you may need if you have to stay indoors. Assemble a 72-hour Preparedness Kit. It’s also a good idea to make sure vehicle gas and propane BBQ tanks are filled up in case you need them.
• Don’t travel during storms if you don’t have to. If you do travel, travel safely. Assemble a car emergency kit including basic items like high-energy snacks, a flashlight or road hazard light, new batteries, a blanket, and warm gel packs.
• Respect advisories and road closures. If local emergency responders are advising you to stay inside and not travel – do that. Keep your vehicles off the roadways to allow emergency responders and snow removal crews better access.
• After-storm conditions can pose hazards, too. Downed tree limbs and power lines can be dangerous. Be extremely cautious if you tackle tree removal yourself. Even falling ice and snow can be deadly.
• Consider helping your neighbours. Make sure seniors and persons with special needs know about potential storms and are prepared. Check in on them if a storm hits, help them with shovelling sidewalks, laneways and around fire hydrants.