Image of the City of Regina

Severe Summer Storm

Severe rain and thunderstorms occur during summer months and may include lightning and hail. They may also develop into tornadoes if conditions are right.

Prepare for a severe summer storm

  • Identify where you can take shelter during severe thunderstorms:
  • Shelters should be easily accessible.
  • Shelters should protect you from flooding as well as flying glass, debris and furniture.
  • Prepare a survival kit.
  • Talk to your family about what everyone should do if a severe thunderstorm occurs.
  • Ensure valuables, important papers, and cherished items are not located in areas that may be flooded during a storm.

Stay safe during severe summer storm

If you are at home:

  • Turn on your battery-powered radio and listen for updates. Usually Environment Canada  will issue a severe thunderstorm warning which will be broadcasted on local radio and television stations. When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, stay alert and listen for further weather updates in case the storm produces tornadoes.
  • If time permits, secure anything that might be torn loose or blown away.
  • Ensure your children, pets, and vehicles are inside.
  • Close windows and shut outside doors. Stay away from windows as they could be broken by hail.
  • If possible, unplug electrical appliances.
  • Do not use the phone or other electrical equipment.
  • Stay away from anything that may conduct an electrical charge like sinks, metal pipes, stoves, radiators, and fireplaces.

If you are at work or in a public building:

  • Stay away from windows as they could be broken by hail.
  • Avoid using the telephone or other items that may conduct an electrical charge.

If you are outside:

  • Get off bicycles, motorcycles and tractors.
  • If swimming or in a boat, get back to shore immediately.
  • Stay away from telephone and power lines, fences, trees and hilltops.
  • Seek shelter if possible. NEVER seek shelter under a tree.
  • If you are caught in the open, crouch down with your feet close together and your head down (i.e., “leap-frog” position).
  • Don't lie flat on the ground; by minimizing your contact with the ground, you reduce the risk of being electrocuted if a lightning bolt strikes the ground.

If you are driving:

  • Stop the car and stay in it.
    • Do not stop near trees or power lines that could fall.
    • Do not stop in low-lying areas where flash floods could occur.

After a severe summer storm

  • Wait at least 30 minutes before resuming any outdoor activities or using any electrical appliances.
  • If you can, help anyone who is injured. If you are injured, seek medical help.
  • Only use the telephone if you need immediate emergency assistance. Emergency crews may need all available lines.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updates and instructions.