The key to staying safe during severe weather events comes down to personal preparedness and knowing what to do when the weather hits.
- Build a 72-hour kit. In the event of an emergency, responders may be busy assisting those in immediate danger. The 72-hour kit holds supplies to support you and your family for three days in an emergency situation.
- Clear out your eaves troughs and downspouts on your home to allow for the free flow of water, and ensure downspouts are directed away from your home
- Take cover or stay indoors. This should be a place without windows or glass doors. If a sturdy building is not nearby, get into a hard-topped metal vehicle and close the windows. Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.
- Stay off the roads to prevent getting caught in fast moving or pooling water.
- Do not drive through flooded roadways or underpasses.
- Do not try to clear flooded catch basins yourself.
- Stay away from manhole covers, drains and flooded areas.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
For more information on how you can prepare for severe weather in Calgary, visit the Calgary Emergency Management Agency at calgary.ca/CEMA.