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For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2012
 
 

The Region of Peel is Advising Residents and Businesses to be Prepared for Severe Weather Conditions

BRAMPTON, ON. (Oct. 29, 2012) - The Region of Peel is advising Peel residents and businesses to be prepared for adverse weather conditions that may be caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Be prepared for flooding or a power outage

In advance of the storm:

  • move any valuables off the basement floor to an upper level of your home
  • keep catch basins clear of leaves and other debris.

In the event of basement flooding:

  • call 311
  • call your insurance company
  • do not lift manhole covers; open manholes do not improve the situation.

Response times will vary depending on the severity of the storm.

Personal and family emergency kit

Be prepared for any impacts from the storm by assembling your 72-hour personal/family emergency kit. The following items are recommended:

  • bottled water (4 litres per person, per day)
  • food that won't spoil (such as canned food)
  • a first aid kit
  • medication
  • toilet paper and other personal hygiene items
  • a crank radio or a radio with batteries
  • a flashlight and batteries
  • a whistle
  • duct tape
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • clothing
  • cash.

Store these items in a waterproof container (but be ready to transfer them to a gym bag or duffle bag if you suddenly need to leave your home). For more information about preparing for emergencies, visit peelregion.ca/prep.

Waste and recycling

Flying debris can pose a safety hazard. To prevent your recyclables from taking flight:

  • place your recyclable material in a tied transparent (clear or tinted blue) recycling bag
  • stack your blue boxes with the heavier box on top
  • place heavier items on top of lighter ones
  • donít overload your blue boxes.

Road hazards

  • For road hazards created by the storm, such as flooding, downed trees or large branches, shoulder washouts, traffic lights/signals outage, etc., please call and report to the Region of Peel's 24-hour call centre at 905-791-7800.
  • Road crews will be responding to potential safety issues and flooding in order of priority; there may be delays in response due to call volumes.
  • Please slow down and use caution when travelling through periods of heavy rain and wind.
  • Watch for flooding during periods of heavy rain in low lying areas and underpasses.
  • Use extreme caution when driving through construction zones and on gravel surfaced roads; rough road conditions or washouts could exist from prolonged periods of wet weather conditions.

The severe weather is not expected to have an impact on water operations.

For the latest updates on Public Works related services, visit peelregion.ca or the Public Works Twitter account twitter.com/peelpublicworks.

Region of Peel service updates

Childrenís Services:

  • In the event of extreme weather conditions, the Region of Peelís Children's Services Division follows the direction of the Peel District School Board (PDSB) in determining whether the Learn.Play.Care. Centres will remain open.
  • All Regional child care centres will close if the PDSB closes its schools. School bus cancellations do not necessarily mean that centres are closed.
  • Please visit the PDSBís website at peel.edu.on.ca or listen to local news reports for updates on school reopenings.

Health clinics: Extreme weather may result in the interruption of services at clinics in the community, including healthy sexuality clinics and ongoing flu clinics.

TransHelp customers may cancel or reschedule trips booked for Tuesday, Oct. 30, without penalty. There may be significant delays in travel times.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:


Amie Miles
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 1636
Amie.Miles@peelregion.ca

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail


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