How does weather affect me?
There is mounting evidence that certain health problems – such as chronic pain, migraines, arthritis, heart attacks, depression and blood pressure – are aggravated or even brought on by the weather. As well, weather-related issues such as air quality and the UV index can have a significant impact on our health.
Extreme weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, strong winds, high heat, high humidity, heavy rain, blizzards, wind chill and extreme cold all have the potential to harm Canadians and damage their property.
How does weather affect the environment?
Weather changes and extremities can impact ecosystems. Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms can trigger floods and forest fires that can alter habitat and affect wildlife populations. As well, changes in temperature can increase or decrease insect populations, which affect both the food chain and the spread of diseases like West Nile virus.
How can I make a difference?
It is important that Canadians stay informed to protect themselves, their families and their property from the hazards associated with extreme weather events.
People can access air quality information and the UV index in their regions to avoid weather conditions that affect their health, or they can access weather warnings to prepare for extreme weather events.
Along with staying informed, being prepared is another important thing Canadians can do to lessen the negative impacts of weather. Learn how to prepare for specific emergencies –
Find out which extreme weather events are more likely to happen in your region. Every Canadian household should make an emergency plan and prepare an emergency kit.
To take action:
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