With the recent run of severe thunderstorms and tornado watches, the Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) was activated and the Emergency Operations Centre is now open.
Citizens are encouraged to prepare for this event:
- Please Stay Indoors
- Stay away from manhole covers, drains and flooded areas.
- Do not drive through flooded areas such as underpasses.
- Avoid storm water ponds and storm drains, and do not let childern play near them.
- If you experience basement seepage or overland flooding, call 3-1-1 to report.
- If you or someone else is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1. Remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; please use 3-1-1 for reporting non-emergency issues.
- Monitor local media and City of Calgary messages.
Some tips from the City of Calgary:
- Build a 72-hour kit. In the event of an emergency, responders may be busy assisting those in immediate danger. The 72-hour kit holds supplies to support you and your family for three days in an emergency situation.
- Clear out your eaves troughs and downspouts on your home to allow for the free flow of water, and ensure downspouts are directed away from your home
- Take cover or stay indoors. This should be a place without windows or glass doors. If a sturdy building is not nearby, get into a hard-topped metal vehicle and close the windows. Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.
- Stay off the roads to prevent getting caught in fast moving or pooling water.
- Do not try to clear flooded catch basins yourself.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
For more information on how you can prepare for severe weather in Calgary, visit the Calgary Emergency Management Agency at calgary.ca/CEMA.