While it may not hit us as hard as New York, Ontario is bracing for the serious effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The province will bear much of the brunt of the storm when it moves in on Monday through Wednesday.
Rainfall amounts could range from 50-100 mm, accompanied by high winds that could reach up to 80 km/h.
The Canadian Red Cross says it is important to prepare right away rather than waiting for the storm to hit, when it can be too late.
Mike Morton, the director of disaster management in Ontario, says people should have an emergency kit that will get you through 72 hours.
“Have enough medication, water, food, batteries and a good flashlight in case we do experience the full effects of this storm,” Morton said.
Pete Karageorgos from the Insurance Bureau of Canada says that if your basement usually floods, now is the time to move things to higher ground. He adds that it is important to prepare outdoors as well.
“Outside of their home they should be looking at securing any patio furniture or anything that could turn into a projectile and fly into their home or neighbour’s home,” Karageorgos said.
It is also important to make sure your gutters and storm drains are clear of any debris to help prevent flooding.
Some more tips from the Red Cross:
- Water: Store two litres of drinking water and two litres of water for washing per person, per day, keeping a 72-hour supply on hand for your family and any pets.
- Food: Store at least a 72-hour supply of non-perishable food for each person. Ensure that there is enough for each member of your family.
- Manual can opener
- Crank or battery-operated flashlight, with extra batteries
- Crank or battery-operated radio, with extra batteries
- Extra keys, for house and car
- First aid kit
- Cash in small bills
- Special needs items – medications, baby formula and diapers, and equipment for people with disabilities.