Preparedness messaging for residents for adverse weather include:
- Having an emergency kit. Information about what should be in a kit can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/emo/prepare/kit
- Store warm clothes and blankets where they can be accessed easily.
- Ensuring that furnaces are working properly in case of a sudden drop in temperature.
- Ensuring sufficient fuel is on hand for generators in case of a prolonged power outage and practice proper safety procedures.
- Consider winter or all season tires for vehicles and drive to the conditions. Roads may be slippery as a result of snow, ice and wet foliage. Avoid driving if conditions are unfavourable.
- Be aware of surroundings. Watch for downed trees or damaged power lines that have fallen as the result of high winds or accumulated ice.
- Keep fridge and freezer doors closed in the event of a power outage.
- Check on people that may need a little extra help such as the elderly and those with small children by phone or in person if it is safe to do so.
- When walking outside after an ice storm use extreme caution to avoid slips and falls.