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HIGH WINDS ALERT

In case of severe wind warning:

Thunderstorms, winter storms, microbursts and tornadoes are characterized by high winds that can cause significant damage and even death. Here's what you can do to protect yourself.

PREPARE:

Have at home essential items for your basic necessities.

Cut and regularly pick up tree branches on your property. If you have trees near electrical wires, contact Hydro-Québec.

IN CASE OF HIGH WINDS ALERT:

Follow weather warnings on radio, TV or internet;

Store or secure anything the wind could carry, such as garden furniture, barbecue, garbage cans, awnings or temporary car shelter.

DURING HIGH WINDS:

If you are at home:

Gather your family together in a safe place as in the basement or find shelter under a solid piece of furniture. If your home does not have a basement, seek shelter in the bathroom, a corridor, a closet or under a solid piece of furniture;

Stay away from doors and windows;

Avoid taking the elevator if you live in an apartment building;

Evacuate your mobile home because it could be blown away.

If you are outside:

Take refuge in a safe building whose roof seems solid to withstand the force of the wind and the weight of the snow;

If you are in an open area and there is no shelter nearby, seek refuge under a viaduct, in a ditch or a fold of land. Lie face down and protect your head with your hands;

If your car is stuck on the road during a snow storm, do not leave your vehicle. Open a window when you run the engine to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

WHEN WINDS WEAKEN

Pay attention to debris such as sheet metal, glass or any other cutting object;

Do not touch hanging electrical wires or on the floor, as they may be live. Contact Hydro-Québec.

Never enter a building damaged by winds;

Pay attention to the quality of drinking water, especially after heavy rains. If in doubt, check with your city.

For more information visit the Ministère de la sécurité publique