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Severe weather

Southern Quebec experiences severe weather regularly and you should be prepared.

Winter storms

We usually have advance warnings of impending storms during the winter. The major risk during a severe winter storm is from driving and extended power failures.

Be prepared:

  • Monitor weather forecasts
  • If possible, avoid driving and traveling during storms
  • If possible, stay indoors were it is warm, dry and safe
  • Have enough non-perishable food that does not require electricity
  • Have a way of keeping warm
  • Be vigilant if using candles or a fire place
  • Never use a BBQ or other exterior heating source, indoors

Summer storms

Unlike winter, severe weather can occur unexpectedly during the summer.  The major risks during the summer months are from high winds, hail, lightening and extended power failures.

Be prepared:

  • Be alert to sudden, changing weather patterns and monitor weather forecasts
  • Seek shelter indoors during storms
  • Have enough non-perishable food that does not require electricity

If stranded at work

Although unlikely, it is possible that you could become stranded at work due to power failures, transportation disruptions from significant snow, ice or water accumulations. Keep a small supply of nonperishable or ready-to-eat food in your office.  If forced to wait out a storm at work, advise Campus Safety and Prevention Services 514-848-3717 or 3717.

Heat waves

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Extreme heat affects everyone.

How to protect yourself from the effects of the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty (6 to 8 glasses of water per day);
  • Take at least one cool shower or bath per day, or cool your skin several times per day with wet towels;
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages;
  • If you can, spend at least 2 hours a day in an air-conditioned or cool location;
  • Limit physical activity;
  • Wear light clothes


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