Avoid unnecessary travel during upcoming storm


Residents are asked to stay off the roads as much as possible during the upcoming Significant Weather Event that has been declared for Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23.

By minimizing travel, you help keep the roads clear for roads crews and emergency vehicles. If possible, complete your errands before the event is scheduled to begin later this evening. Please stay home tomorrow unless it is absolutely necessary. Anyone who is required to travel during this event is asked to plan ahead and give themselves extra travel time.

Emergency preparedness

Residents are reminded to work on their emergency kit to prepare for any power disruptions. Your emergency kit should contain flashlights, battery or crank radios, extra batteries, water and canned food. Follow local news and social media channels for the latest weather, transportation schedules and road conditions. Be prepared to alter plans, stay informed and stay safe. For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency, visit ottawa.ca.

Communication during an emergency

In the event of any emergency, the City of Ottawa provides important information and updates to affected residents in a variety of ways:

The City also shares critical information and public service announcements with our local news media so that they can include it in their news coverage.

Please look out for each other. Have a conversation now with neighbours, friends and family members about how to stay in touch with each other in the event of an emergency. Plan to check in with each other if one of you lives in a community that is affected by an emergency.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca, call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or 613-580-2400 to contact the City using Canada Video Relay Service. You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.