County urges preparedness for summer storms

Via Chris Kiernan, Alberta Storm Chasers.

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While it may seem like it should be all sunny days on the beach, summer storms are all too common and Oxford County is asking residents to be ready.

The heat and humidity found in July and August can bring a variety of weather conditions that could include thunderstorms, flash floods, hail and even tornadoes, the county said in a statement Wednesday.

Severe weather is one of the greatest risks in this part of Ontario,” said Dave Colvin, Oxford’s emergency management co-ordinator. “By being weather aware, the safer you and your family will be. If severe weather is likely, have a plan, and know what to do when storms approach. Don’t be caught unprepared.”

Oxford asks residents to “know, plan and prepare” for emergencies before they happen.

That includes knowing the risks by being aware of forecasts ahead of summer activities. Residents should also know the difference between weather statements, watches and warnings. Environment Canada’s WeatherCAN app is a good source for information and alerts.

Residents should make a household emergency preparedness plan and designate a meeting place to gather after a storm, the county says.

Being prepared is also key: Each family should have an emergency kit with supplies for 72 hours and should be customized to the family, including supplies for young kids, those with special needs or medication, and the elderly.

Visit oxford72hours.ca for more information on emergency preparedness.

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