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When severe weather threatens, Environment Canada, the authoritative source of Weather Alerts 24/7, issues special alerts that notify those in affected areas so that they can take steps to protect themselves and their property from harm. These public alert bulletins are issued through the media, as well as through the department’s Weatheradio service, and the Environment Canada website.Type of AlertsThe type of alert used depends on the severity and timing of the event:
These alerts are updated regularly so that members of the public can stay on top of a developing situation and take the appropriate action.Severe Summer WeatherOutdoors, we are vulnerable to severe weather conditions. This is particularly true out in nature or in open areas. When enjoying outdoor sports or activities like camping, hiking, water sports, team sports, fishing, climbing, biking or even walking, we need to know the weather forecast and be aware of the possibility of a storm developing. We should also be able to recognize the early signs of bad weather and know how to protect ourselves. As a general rule, if the sky darkens suddenly, one should seek shelter as soon as possible.Lightning is the most common danger associated with storms. Lightning is an electrical discharge that can reach 10 000 amperes, striking the ground at about 40,000 km a second. It always seeks the easiest path to the ground. As soon as you see lightning or hear thunder you should find shelter. Storms also generate very strong winds, hail, heavy rain, and sometimes even tornadoes.To be safe outdoors, you must be familiar with your immediate environment and the surrounding area. For example, by marking appropriate locations to take cover, you will be able to find shelter fast if the sky darkens and you notice thunder and lightning. Do not forget that a storm can develop very quickly and you need to be able to take cover in as little as 30 minutes.Storm, lightning, strong winds, hail, tornado
Heavy rain, flash flooding
To better enjoy outdoor activities and to be able to protect yourself, you should keep abreast of the latest weather reports and warnings in effect issued by Environment Canada. Various tools such as the Environment Canada website www.weather.gc.ca, The Weatheradio Canada network broadcasting continuous weather reports on seven VHF frequencies at 162 MHz. (In Alberta, the frequencies used are: 162.400, 162.475, 162.525, and 162.550). There are also various apps available for download which use the Environment Canada data to alert.For more information, visit the Environment Canada website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather.html