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.