E-Service Requests

Add a Notice  |  View Notices

Emergency Preparedness Week May 6-12, 2018

Posted: May 8, 2018

 

Emergency Preparedness Week

May 6-12, 2018

 

 

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. 

 

Council encourages all West St. Paul residents to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. 

 

 

What to do during severe storms:

   If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.

   You may want to go to the sheltered area that you and your family chose for your emergency plan.

   If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so.  Take your emergency kit with you.

   You can use a cellular phone during a severe storm, but it's not safe to use a land-line telephone.

   Never go out in a boat during a storm.  If you are on the water and you see bad weather approaching, head for shore immediately.  Always check the marine forecast before leaving for a day of boating and listen to weather reports during your cruise.

   If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you.  Stay there.

 

What to do during:

 

HAIL

   Take cover when hail begins to fall. Do not go out to cover plants, cars or garden furniture or to rescue animals. Hail comes down at great speed, especially when accompanied by high winds. Although no one in Canada has ever been killed by hail, people have been seriously injured by it.

   When a hailstorm hits, stay indoors, and keep yourself and your pets away from windows, glass doors and skylights which can shatter if hit by hailstones.  Avoid using the telephone during a storm, and do not touch metal objects like stoves, radiators, metal pipes, and sinks.

   When a hailstorm hits, find shelter and avoid underpasses or any low lying areas that may flood.

 

LIGHTNING

   Always take shelter during a lightning storm.

   There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Safe shelter can be found either in an enclosed building or a hard-topped vehicle.

   If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you are in danger of being hit. Seek shelter immediately.

   Wait 30 minutes after the last lightning strike in a severe storm before venturing outside again.

   Do not ride bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, or golf carts.  These will not protect you from a lightning strike.

 

THUNDERSTORMS

   During thunderstorms, you should also stay away from items that conduct electricity, such as corded telephones, appliances, sinks, bathtubs, radiators and metal pipes.