In light of the crazy fires last night, the Council is asking everyone to refrain from burning anything until conditions improve.
On average, Canada gets 62 verified tornadoes per year, however the actual number is closer to 230. Of the verified tornadoes, Saskatchewan has the highest per province with about 18 tornadoes.
Quick facts you should know about tornadoes:
Your family could be anywhere when a tornado strikes–at home, at work, at school, or in the car. Discuss with your family where the best tornado shelters are and how family members can protect themselves from flying and falling debris.
The key to surviving a tornado and reducing the risk of injury lies in planning, preparing, and practicing what you and your family will do if a tornado strikes. Flying debris causes most deaths and injuries during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.
Pick a place in the home where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. One basic rule is AVOID WINDOWS. An exploding window can injure or kill.
The safest place in the home is the interior part of a basement. If there is no basement, go to an inside room, without windows, on the lowest floor. This could be a center hallway, bathroom, or closet.
For added protection, get under something sturdy such as a heavy table or workbench. If possible, cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag, or mattress, and protect your head with anything available–even your hands. Avoid taking shelter where there are heavy objects, such as pianos or refrigerators, on the area of floor that is directly above you. They could fall though the floor if the tornado strikes your house.
DO NOT STAY IN A MOBILE HOME DURING A TORNADO. Mobile homes can turn over during strong winds. Even mobile homes with a tie-down system cannot withstand the force of tornado winds.
Plan ahead. If you live in a mobile home, go to a nearby building, preferably one with a basement. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert and shield your head with your hands.
If you live in a tornado-prone area, encourage your mobile home community to build a tornado shelter.
The least desirable place to be during a tornado is in a motor vehicle. Cars, buses, and trucks are easily tossed by tornado winds.
DO NOT TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR. If you see a tornado, stop your vehicle. Do not get under your vehicle.
Do the following if you are caught outside during a tornado and there is no adequate shelter immediately available:
A long-span building, such as a shopping mall, theater, or gymnasium, is especially dangerous because the roof structure is usually supported solely by the outside walls. Most such buildings hit by tornados cannot withstand the enormous pressure. They simply collapse.
If you are in a long-span building during a tornado, stay away from windows. Get to the lowest level of the building–the basement if possible–and away from the windows.
If there is no time to get to a tornado shelter or to a lower level, try to get under a door frame or get up against something that will support or deflect falling debris. For instance, in a department store, get up against heavy shelving or counters. In a theater, get under the seats. Remember to protect your head.
Extra care is required in offices, schools, hospitals, or any building where a large group of people is concentrated in a small area. The exterior walls of such buildings often have large windows.
Do the following if you are in any of these buildings:
Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
Putting your plan to the test
These are general instructions that apply to many emergencies but not every situation is the same. These tips can also apply during an emergency.
If tap water is available, fill a bathtub and other containers in case the supply gets cut off.
If there is no running water, remember that you may have water available in a hot water tank, toilet reservoir or in ice cube trays.
It seems every day there is some type of emergency event reported on the news. I am hoping to do a quick series of information days on Thursdays about emergency preparedness. While many things are common sense, it never hurts to go through a quick review. So a quick overview:
When it comes to emergency preparedness and emergency management, we all have a role to play.
Every disaster is a local disaster. Different levels of organizations respond progressively as an emergency escalates and their resources are needed. The first ones to respond are closest to the emergency.
For non-emergency calls, use the 310-RCMP number.
You may be instructed to “shelter-in-place” if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. The following steps will help maximize your protection:
Authorities will not ask you to leave your home unless they have reason to believe you are in danger. Listen to them.
Pets are not allowed in some emergency shelters, so plan in advance for a pet-friendly location.
Please review the guidelines to see if they apply to you.
Good information to have!
The RM of Cupar’s PDAP application has been approved and we have been designated a disaster area. This means the Municipality is eligible for funding to help repair damages caused by the flooding. If you have had damage to personal property, please contact me at the office for an application.
Updated Flooded road map – please drive with caution.
The Government of Saskatchewan officially launched the 2015 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) today (April 8). Below is Q&A on the EFDRP that we thought you would find useful.
For more information about the EFDRP please visit https://www.wsask.ca/About-WSA/News-Releases/2015/April/Water-Security-Agency-Launches-2015-Emergency-Flood-Damage-Reduction-Program/.