News Release - Severe Weather Risks in Moose Jaw
Severe Weather Risks in Moose Jaw
MOOSE JAW - Many local Moose Javians can recall significant wind events happening in our City from time to time. What some may not be aware of is that Moose Jaw is located within Canada’s tornado alley. “While the risk here of significant tornados is less than high risk areas in the United States, there is still a recognised risk of them here in Saskatchewan, and in Moose Jaw”, said Emergency Measures Coordinator (EMO) Brian Wilson.
There is some data that suggests a correlation between global warming, and the increased frequency and severity of severe weather events. The City’s EMO Coordinator urges all residents to ensure that they are aware of how to react to both tornado watches and tornado warnings. “These weather alerts are put out by Environment Canada and need to be taken seriously. There are a number of historical events in Canada where residents had one minute or less warning of tornado activity in their area,” said Wilson. When a tornado warning is issued, people need to take immediate action to ensure their safety, which includes seeking shelter in the nearest building, preferably below grade, and away from windows/doors.
The deadliest tornado in Canadian history occurred in Regina in 1912, with several other significant tornados occurring across the Prairie Provinces. The only F5 tornado in Canada’s history struck in Manitoba, so the risk of potential events happening in our region are worth paying attention to.
“All that said, the likelihood of an F2 or higher tornado occurring in Moose Jaw are still something like 1 in 100, but the potential from that level of storm is why we want to ensure our residents are aware of what to do should one ever occur here,” Wilson commented.
Paying attention to weather warnings is something everyone should be aware of. The weather network, including through their smartphone app, provide immediate notification of these watches and warnings. Broadcasters all play an integral role in providing urgent mass notification of severe weather and other urgent messages.
The safety of our residents remains a top concern for the City of Moose Jaw, and the City’s Emergency Measures Organisation is continually revising the City’s emergency plan, including conducting exercises with various staff and partners to ensure readiness to respond to emergencies should they occur.
Brian Wilson, Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) Coordinator
City of Moose Jaw
(306) 692-2792, ext. 8