Have a home emergency kit for bad winter storms, Mississauga residents told
Published December 22, 2022 at 1:56 pm
Mississauga residents are being urged to prepare emergency home kits and take other precautions should the winter storm that’s bearing down on the city and the entire GTA leave homes without power for an extended period.
“Winter can be dangerous. Storms bringing heavy snow, black ice, hail, heavy winds and freezing rain can appear in the blink of an eye,” City of Mississauga officials said in a news release in advance of what’s expected to be a serious storm bringing with it large amounts of snow, freezing rain, high winds and possible blizzard conditions in places. “It’s important to know how to protect yourself and your family if your home loses power or heat, or if your vehicle gets stuck in the snow.
“If a major winter storm hits, you could be stuck inside for a few hours or even a few days. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare for a minimum of 72 hours.”
The storm will move into southern Ontario tonight (Dec. 22) and is expected to worsen throughout Friday and into Saturday.
Even without a loss of power and heat, being stuck inside your home for an extended period can pose a threat.
Here’s the advice from Mississauga officials:
- start with a plan: It’s important that you and your family know what to do in an emergency. This includes staying indoors and establishing a network of people (family, friends, coworkers and neighbours) who can assist you during an emergency
- prepare an emergency kit: You should have an emergency kit for your home. Make sure to check your emergency kit twice a year to make sure everything is still in working order and the food is still safe to eat. Items to consider for your kit include non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, battery-powered radio and flashlight, First aid kit, blankets and extra hats, gloves, coats and footwear
- know how to protect your home if there’s a power outage: If a power outage leaves you without heat for some time, remember to drain your water pipes and shut off the main water supply to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting (if you live in a house)
- prepare when you go outside: If you must go outside, it’s important to dress for the weather and let someone know your route and expected arrival time
Residents are also urged to be extra safe and take precautions while driving or walking to their destinations, Mississauga officials say, adding they also have safety tips for those situations.