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Time to Review your Storm Plan and Preparations

The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians to take steps to help minimize risk of property and personal damage from a hurricane or tropical storm.

Strong winds, heavy rains, storm, and power surges can cause significant damage. All Residents are asked to prepare in advance and monitor local weather forecasts for changing conditions / notifications. All loose items around properties that may blow away in high winds or cause damage to your property or neighbours should be secured or placed in an area to minimize the chance of blowing away. Ensure emergency supplies are stocked up and items are refuelled and ready to go, waiting for last minute impact / notification should be avoided.

This is a basic checklist:
  • Have enough food and water for at least 72 hours
  • Take account the number of people it is needed for and make sure supplies are sufficient for Infants, Elderly and anyone needing special items
  • Monitor local media outlets for updates (additional preparation as needed)
  • Secure gates, doors, and windows to minimize potential damage
  • Move yard furniture, secure trash cans, hanging plants and anything that can be picked up by the wind
  • Check radios for batteries and ensure spares are available
  • Ensure all electronics are fully charged to ensure that they can be used for updates in the event power goes out
  • Fill vehicles with gas and park them away from trees
  • Keep pets inside and limit time outside for breaks
  • Move any type of watercraft to high ground
  • Ensure the safety of you and your family
  • Check on neighbours when safe to do so
  • If the power has gone out, do not leave candles unattended

EMO is working with Environment Canada and partners on the approaching storm, gathering municipal information, identifying possible local risk areas, and conducting information sessions with provincial and municipal emergency management officers and co-ordinators.

Additional Resources:

For information on how to prepare for a hurricane and regular updates visit https://novascotia.ca/emergency and twitter.com/nsemo .

Power outages should be reported to Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004.