Violent winds

Preparing for violent winds

  • Have your emergency kit ready.
  • Trim and pick up dead tree branches around your property on a regular basis. If any of your trees are close to power lines, notify Hydro-Québec.

In case of a violent wind warning

  • Watch for weather warning messages on the radio, TV or Internet.
  • Store or securely tie down anything the wind could blow away, including lawn furniture, the barbecue, garbage cans and bins, and the satellite dish.

In case of violent winds

  • If you are at home:
    • gather your family members in a safe place, such as the basement, and take shelter under a solid piece of furniture. If your house does not have a basement, take shelter in the bathroom, a hallway, a closet or a solid piece of furniture;
    • stay away from doors and windows;
    • avoid taking the elevator if you live in an apartment building; and
    • evacuate your mobile home because it could get carried away by the wind.
  • If you are outside:
    • take shelter in a solid building whose roof appears to be sound enough to resist the wind and weight of snow; and
    • if you are out in the open and there is no shelter nearby, take cover under a viaduct, in a ditch or recess in the ground. Lie face-down on the ground and cover your head with your hands.

When the wind abates

  • Watch out for debris such as tin, glass or other sharp objects.
  • Do not touch power lines lying on the ground or hanging, because they may be live. Contact Hydro-Québec.
  • Never enter a building that has been damaged by wind.
  • Watch out for the quality of drinking water, especially after heavy rains.

Source: En situation d'urgence, savez-vous quoi faire? brochure by Quebec's ministère de la Sécurité publique.

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