Emergency Safety Tips

In The Event of a Tornado

Tornadoes form suddenly and are often preceded by warm, humid weather. They are always produced by thunderstorms.
Although not every thunderstorm produces a tornado, there are warning signs, such as:
  • An extremely dark sky, sometimes highlighted by green or yellow clouds
  • A rumbling or whistling sound
  • A funnel cloud at the rear base of a thundercloud often behind a curtain of heavy rain

Tornadoes usually travel 20-90 km/hr and often travel from southwest to northwest. They are erratic and can change course suddenly.
Tornadoes usually hit in the afternoon and early evening but have been known to strike at night.
What to do:
  • Listen to the radio during a severe thunderstorm. If a tornado warning is issued for your area then take cover immediately.
  • Take shelter in the basement or in a small interior ground floor room such as a washroom, closet or hallway. Stay away from windows, outside walls and outside doors. Do not open any windows.
  • Do not get caught in a car or mobile home. 50% of deaths take place in mobile homes.
  • If you cannot find shelter, lie down in a ditch away from the car or mobile home. Get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head and watch for flying debris. A culvert is another good place to seek shelter.
  • If you are driving, seek shelter. Drive away from the tornado at a right angle.

In the basement or room you take shelter in you should have:
  • A battery operated radio
  • 3 day supply of water
  • Non-perishable packaged or canned food
  • A non-electric can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Clothing
  • Rain gear
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries, car keys, pair of glasses
  • Blankets
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Important family information (list of family physicians, etc.)

Dealing With Flooding

Government of Manitoba website with extensive flood clean-up information:
Assiniboine RHA Public Health: 1-877-509-7852
Manitoba Environmental Health Branch: 204-726-6601
Assiniboine RHA Mental Health Services: 204-571-2952 Monday to Friday
24 Hour Crisis Line for Adults & Mobile Crisis Unit : 888-379-7699
24 Hour Crisis Line for Children / Youth Issues: 866-403-5459
Health Links: 24 hours: 888-315-9275
Farm & Rural Stress Line: 866-367-3276 (10:00 am to 9:00 pm weekdays)
24 Hour Crisis Line: Klinic Community Health Centre: 888-322-3019
24 Hour Line: Manitoba Suicide Line 877-435-7170