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Emergency Preparedness Week: Tornadoes

Today is Day Three of Emergency Preparedness Week.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity to encourage Canadians to take action to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. We will highlight different possible events this week.

Tornadoes can occur in most places in Canada. Large or small, they can uproot trees, flip cars and demolish houses. Tornadoes usually hit in the afternoon and early evening, but they have been known to strike at night too.

Warning signs of a potential tornado include severe thunderstorms, with frequent thunder and lightning, an extremely dark sky, sometimes highlighted by green or yellow clouds, a rumbling sound or a whistling sound, and a funnel cloud at the rear base of a thundercloud, often behind a curtain of heavy rain or hail.

During a tornado Go to the basement or take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway. Take shelter in an inner hallway or room, ideally in the basement or on the ground floor. Avoid cars and mobile homes. Get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head and watch for flying debris.

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