Recent changes to Tornado Warnings
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) is simplifying how it distributes tornado warnings issued by Environment Canada.
Why the changes?
- Environment Canada now issues weather alerts (including tornado warnings) on Twitter.
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- Because of the nature and rapid movement of severe weather systems, tornado warnings issued for a broader region will ensure that they remain relevant during fast moving storms.
What the changes mean:
- OFMEM will now send a message indicating tornado warnings have been issued in a region (see list/map of regions below) of Ontario, rather than list specific individual municipalities included in the warnings.
- All tornado warnings issued by OFMEM will include the affected region, a protective action to take and a link to the Environment Canada weather warnings website/map. An example for SMS would look as follows: “Environment Canada has issued tornado warnings for Central Ontario. Take cover immediately. http://bit.ly/11wprcy”
- Tornado warnings will be distributed by OFMEM only via SMS text messaging and email.
- The OFMEM Twitter account (@ontariowarnings) will no longer tweet tornado warnings.
- The OFMEM Twitter account (@ontariowarnings) will no longer be used to send tornado warnings but will continue to distribute other types of alert and emergency information.