With a freezing rain warning issued for the GTA ahead of a potential ice storm and severe weather, CityNews has compiled a list of resources to help you this weekend.
Heavy winds and ice build-up could cause tree branches to snap and power lines to come down. In the event of a power outage, receive up-to-date information by contacting your local hydro provider:
Website: Toronto Hydro Outage Map
To report downed power lines and outages: (416) 542-8000
To report non emergency damaged trees or fallen branches: 311
Alectra Utilities (for Brampton, Mississauga, Hamilton and several other areas of the GTA)
Brampton: outage map or call 1-844-797-7920
Hamilton: information on outages or call 905-522-6611
Mississauga: outage map or call 905-273- 7425
St. Catharines: information on outages or call 905-684-8111
York Region/Simcoe County: outage map or call 1-877-963-6900
If any outage occurs, Toronto Hydro recommends you do the following:
- Unplug or turn off all appliances to avoid possible damage when power resumes.
- Don’t use barbecues, propane heaters or portable generators indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, covered porches and sheds – they generate carbon monoxide gas, which can be fatal.
- Never leave candles unattended.
If you don’t already have one, a 72-hour emergency kit is key to have during a power outage.
An emergency kit should contain at least:
- Water — four litres of water per person per day
- Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods
- Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
- First aid kit
- Important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank records
If you are travelling this weekend, make sure to check for any delays or cancellations before heading out!