Two Tornadoes Touch Down in Ottawa – Ottawa Journal talks What to Do and What is Open

After two tornadoes hit the Ottawa-Gatineau area on Friday evening, hundreds of residents were displaced, and thousands were left without electricity. While the City of Ottawa and the Red Cross are working to provide shelter for people to recharge, shower, and eat, electricity could be out for days before it is repaired since the tornado damaged the city’s electrical infrastructures.


If you are still out of power

  • It is advised that you move your refrigerated food items to a family’s or friend’s, though from 24 to 48 hours items are still safe to consume
  • Water is still safe to consume
  • It is advised to use flashlights or battery operated flameless candles instead of wax candles, as they are a fire hazard


Open food options

  • Westboro Market
  • Walmart (Bank and Riverside Drive)
  • McDonald’s (670 Bronson Ave)
  • Bronson Pizza (370 Bronson Ave)
  • Metro and Loblaws stores (Rideau Street)
  • Loblaws (Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre)
  • Sobeys (193 Metcalfe St)
  • Tim Horton’s (372 Hunt Club Rd)
  • Milano’s Pizza (St. Laurent Boulevard and Walkley Rd.)
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (Mitch Owens Road and River Road)

Open Mall food courts

  • Billings Bridge Mall
  • Bayshore Mall
  • Rideau Centre
  • Place d’Orleans shopping mall
  • South Keys Shopping Centre.​

Centres around the city are offering shelter and food, including:

  • The Turkish Community Centre (335 Michael Cowpland Dr.)
  • Larkin House Community Centre (76 Larkin Drive)
  • Causeway Work Centre (O’Meara Street)
  • West Carleton High School (3088 Dunrobin Rd.)
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Rd, Stittsville)


Uber Eats is currently unavailable in Ottawa North and Gatineau. Let us know in the comments if Uber Eats (or any other food service) is available in your area.


Due to a high number of calls, it was advised that you do not call 311 or 911 unless there is an emergency.

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