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July 17, 2019
Stay ahead of summer storms

Oxford County encourages residents to know, plan and prepare for severe summer weather

Summer storm season is upon us, and Oxford County is launching an emergency preparedness campaign encouraging residents to plan for severe weather.

The months of July and August typically bring hot and humid conditions to southern Ontario, capable of producing a variety of weather conditions, from hail and heat waves to thunderstorms, flash floods, and even tornadoes. As summer activities kick into high gear, it’s important to know the risks, to make a plan, and to prepare for severe summer weather.

Know the risks

Whether you’re playing outdoor sports, camping, swimming, or working in the garden or fields, it’s important to be aware of changing weather conditions. Check the forecast beforehand and know the differences between Special Weather Statements, Watches, and Warnings. Special Weather Statements give you advance notice of the potential for severe weather to develop. Watches mean there is a strong likelihood that something will occur, and Warnings mean the threat is imminent or occurring. Download Environment Canada’s WeatherCAN app for updated forecasts and weather alert notifications.

Make a plan

Summer storms can lead to dangerous situations, including hazardous road conditions and extended power outages. Every household should have a readiness plan in place. Choose a safe place to take shelter at home, and at work, and make sure everyone knows where to go. Be sure to choose a safe meeting place to gather after a storm to ensure everyone is safe.

Be prepared

Stay ahead of summer storms by ensuring your family has an emergency kit with enough supplies to last at least 72 hours. Customize your kit to ensure everyone in your family has the essentials they need, including those with special needs, young children, seniors, and pets.

For more information about spring and summer weather hazards, visit Environment and Climate Change Canada. For complete information on emergency preparedness, visit


Dave Colvin, Emergency Management Coordinator
“Severe weather is one of the greatest risks in this part of Ontario. With this hot, humid weather comes the risk of heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and even a tornado. By being weather aware, the safer you and your family will be. If severe weather is likely, have a plan, and know what to do when storms approach. Don’t be caught unprepared.”

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 119,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


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