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Old 03-18-2010, 10:15 PM
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Default Do you have, use or heed any of the following...

Do you maintain an emergency supply kit for severe weather and other emergencies?
Loosely. Past years we've thrown together a few things if trouble is on the horizon. But, this year we've put together a sizable kit that still requires more items. It's all kept in a large bin I purchased from Canadian Tire.

Do you own a NOAA weather radio, weather broadband radio or even know that Canada has a weather radio network?
In 2005 I purchased a weather broadband radio in Florida. Two years ago I purchased a NOAA Weather Radio with S.A.M.E. and have programed the unit to only sound severe tstorm/tornado watches/warnings issued for Waterloo Region. The radio is kept in the bedroom hallway incase a warning is issued when we are asleep. It acts like a weather smoke detector for us. Batteries are also used in case the power fails.

Do you take heed of the advice for severe weather/tornado warnings? I.E. proceed to secure loose objects or seek shelter in a tornado safe zone?
While tornado warnings are rare for Waterloo Region, during most instances in the last fifteen years the power has failed and we completely missed any tornado warning, or I've worked through them and never heard a peep, or I've been outside of town. I've only twice knowingly been in a tornado warning and both times was in Sarnia, Ontario. Tornado sirens are used in Lambton County and that is how we first knew of the warnings both times.

One was a false alarm and another was a confirmed event. During the confirmed event the police chief had overridden the cable network and instructed all residents to get into safe shelter as a tornado was approaching. That is the only time we've sought shelter during a tornado warning.

For severe thunderstorm warnings, if strong winds are forecast or seem probable if I'm tracking, we secure the pot plants, stack the patio chairs, etc. Two years ago 100kmh caused property damage to our backyard and since then we've taken no chances.


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